I remember back when they did have Sky Central as the backdrop all the time, people on here weren't fans of it so it's quite funny to see us looking at it with rose-tinted glasses now.
I do think it'd be worth showing a bit of Sky Central again - Kay's shift works using the screen as a backdrop but corridor backdrop in particular is awful - it just makes the channel look small-time and feels the furthest thing from the 'hub of news' you'd want a studio to be.
While some of the backdrops weren't the best when they moved in (and often were the back of stairs) it did at least give you a sense of how large the building was and the size of operation Sky was.
Absolutely love this view, not as good as Sky News Centre but a million times better than that hideous beige corridor littered with those bizarre rectangular light boxes that can’t decide whether they should be set to red, blue or both. What actually are they as they look more like mini screens when Sophy Ridge is on and seem to be animated in her shows style?
The problem for me at the moment is that everything is just so incoherent. You just don’t know what to expect when you tune in. Some shows have branding, some don’t. Some from the glass box, some from the new studio, some from Westminster (incidentally now the best studio as it still harks back to the Sky News Centre era with gallery backdrop and the classic blue/red combo)
I’m hopeful that with the changes on Monday we may start to see a bit more uniformity. To be honest, they could do with binning off the new studio altogether and starting again as it’s just not fit for purpose. Possibly for overnights but certainly not for their flagship show.
I’d also like to see a return to more rolling news, they’ve got more filler than B&Q at present and it shows. It seems to really slow down how quickly they can react to a breaking story and this was most notable on the night of the gas explosion in Leicester. I’m sure someone can come up with a more recent example but this sticks out as huge clanger because at the time it happened, there had been a wave of terror attacks in the UK and it was initially reported in Leicester City Centre as an ‘explosion’ with a huge emergency service response. This also happened right after Leicester City Game and the concern was that it could have been something more sinister that what it turned out. It took Sky ages to break out of The Pledge and they were really caught with their trousers down. The BBC on this occasion won hands down.
It’s such a shame because Sky News still has some really good talent and can still excel massively when it puts its heart into it. The outside broadcasts are particularly well put together when there has been a major incident (Paris/London/Manchester/Barcelona etc) but it just seems the quality of programming and delivery is being deliberately stifled in order to come across less showbiz and agenda led than its sister Fox across the pond.
In actual fact, that is what the UK is crying out for. An alternative to the bland predictable delivery of the BBC. We used to have it from Sky but the past few years have become so ‘safe’.
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