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Spotlight presenter Justin Leigh to leave the BBC

CI
cityprod West Country (West) Spotlight
When BBC South West had its refit and Mosart installed, did the gallery/production staffing reduce compared to other regions? I Assume its just one instance of Mosart for one Gallery and they don't have a separate bulliten studio/gallery option.


As I recall, the bulletin studio was removed in 2000, when the new corporate look came in. Prior to that, it had stopped being used in 1999 after the prior look came in and everything came from the main studio, and then before that, they started using the main studio for the late bulletin around 1997. I could be mistaken on some of this, cos I'm working off memory here.
SO
southern_boy Meridian (South) South Today
When BBC South West had its refit and Mosart installed, did the gallery/production staffing reduce compared to other regions?


It's one of those scenarios where the staffing should have reduced..but it wasn't. For example, I believe Plymouth still uses a PA for timings, when Mozart can do all of this (and does in W1/Salford). The Plymouth project cost the BBC way too much for what it actually delivered. This is why it hasn't, and won't be replicated around the other regions.
SE
TheSebastian
When BBC South West had its refit and Mosart installed, did the gallery/production staffing reduce compared to other regions?


It's one of those scenarios where the staffing should have reduced..but it wasn't. For example, I believe Plymouth still uses a PA for timings, when Mozart can do all of this (and does in W1/Salford). The Plymouth project cost the BBC way too much for what it actually delivered. This is why it hasn't, and won't be replicated around the other regions.


Thank you, that's interesting. Wonder if Wales have reduced staffing at Central Square now they are on Mosart.

Now Covid WFH production routines have settled in with everything from high end sports to talk shows having remote and automated assist show creation, I hope some of this new knowledge/confidence finds its way to regional news to protect or enhance content.

Norways public broadcaster NRK make 10 local news shows in a country of under 6 million (15 min evening show, 5 min late summary) with a presenter, technical director or programme producer /editor. https://tv.nrk.no/serie/distriktsnyheter-oestnytt/202010/DKIN98101420/avspiller

It's a cheap setup with PTZ brick cameras, blackmagic ATEM switcher and Casper/Sofie automation but it looks fine on air.

What we need is a bit of imagination from the senior management at the BBC, there is plenty of talent in-house that could make a workable solution, maybe IP production will shift thinking as much as the tech protocol - more software solutions instead of black box expensive kit becouse 'its the way its always been done'
TR
trevormon London London
Part of BBC England's current cost savings plan is to look at using more of Mosart's automation capabilities at Plymouth and trial the integrated gallery system at Southampton, which in theory can run with just two people.
IS
Inspector Sands
I don't know what system it is, but a new production system for the regions is in the process of being tested/planned.

AIUI the training and familiarisation for those who'll be using it is being done remotely because of the current situation, which presumably will delay the roll out.
CW
Charlie Wells Moderator Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Part of BBC England's current cost savings plan is to look at using more of Mosart's automation capabilities at Plymouth and trial the integrated gallery system at Southampton, which in theory can run with just two people.

I imagine being able to run with just two people (or fewer than present) has advantages in the current Covid climate, where social distancing is needed. Presumably also IP would allow for some people to be able to be sat in the newsroom or nearby, rather than needing to be in the gallery.
"Listen, we've all got something to bring to this conversation, but from now on what I think you should bring is silence." - Rimmer
ST
South Today
It will be interesting to see if Victoria turns up to say goodbye tomorrow! Natalie just popped up at the end of the programme to say send in your messages for Justin’s farewell.
JT
JamesTV West Country (West) Spotlight



As mentioned by others, Justin leaving is a massive loss to Spotlight. He is a real professional, and has covered some major stories across the region. Best wishes to him for the future.
BA
Ballyboy UTV Newsline
He was Mr Spotlight in a way
DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
Huge farewell, and he was all over the place at the end. Best wishes Justin.
ST
South Today
Wow that was emotional! Farewell Justin.
JamesTV and Ballyboy gave kudos
JV
James Vertigan Founding member West Country (West) Spotlight
Aw bless him holding it together until the end... I was kind of hoping he would be the one to do the wave at the end of the programme instead of David’s usual wave though!

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