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kernow1,275 posts since 18 Jan 2006
Will Blackstaff have benefited at all from the closure of Havelock House?

Was Studio 2 used much and hired out to other broadcasters prior to closure, or was it effectively mothballed?
JKDerry1,696 posts since 15 Oct 2016
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Will Blackstaff have benefited at all from the closure of Havelock House?

Was Studio 2 used much and hired out to other broadcasters prior to closure, or was it effectively mothballed?

Studio 2 at Havelock House was very small at around 1,600 Sq Ft, so it wouldn't be appealed to many productions. UTV's largest studio at Havelock was only 2,500 Sq Ft in size.
denton1,044 posts since 4 Jan 2003
With regards to the film studios would linked to, they are far too big for regular television productions. Yes they are great assets to Belfast, but the medium size of Studio A is what chat shows, game shows, quizzes, debate shows prefer in size and audiences. It can also be well used for sitcoms, as the popular Give My Head Peace is made there.


Studio A, being essentially a 4 waller, has also been used for single camera shoots... such as series 2 to 4 of the CBBC drama Millie Inbetween.
denton1,044 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Currently at the moment Broadcasting House in Belfast just have two small studios, mainly used for news programmes, Studio B and Studio 1, with Studio B always used by BBC Newsline, and Studio 1 having to use the BBC NI OB Unit like Studio A at Blackstaff House.

Will the new Broadcasting House mean a larger studio, audience based studio?


There is also Studio C; used for the lunchtime weather, etc.

While Studio 1 does occasionally make use of an OB scanner, it's more usual for it to be used with the Studio B gallery.

Studio 1 (like Studio A) is essentially a 4 waller... originally a radio concert studio, the radio studios are numbered.
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JKDerry1,696 posts since 15 Oct 2016
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Currently at the moment Broadcasting House in Belfast just have two small studios, mainly used for news programmes, Studio B and Studio 1, with Studio B always used by BBC Newsline, and Studio 1 having to use the BBC NI OB Unit like Studio A at Blackstaff House.

Will the new Broadcasting House mean a larger studio, audience based studio?


There is also Studio C; used for the lunchtime weather, etc.

While Studio 1 does occasionally make use of an OB scanner, it's more usual for it to be used with the Studio B gallery.

Studio 1 (like Studio A) is essentially a 4 waller... originally a radio concert studio, the radio studios are numbered.

The plans don't include a new larger audience capable studio. However Studio 1 will get a new audience handling area, allowing it to be used more easily for programmes, performances, and events on radio and television.

Studio A will be kept then I feel. As if there are no plans for a large audience based studio in the redevelopment, Studio A remains the main audience based studio for the BBC in Belfast.


Nolan Live which is regularly on the air through the year and attracts a very large local audience, along with the odd series of Give My Head Peace, political debate shows, Mastermind, other network shows will keep the studio running.

Studio A is also sited in a perfect location on Great Victoria Street, literally a few steps away from the famous Europa Hotel and Belfast City Centre, perfect for productions, with excellent transport links. This was the reason why the BBC chose the site in the late 1980s.
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peterrocket1,359 posts since 5 Sep 2001

Studio A will be kept then I feel. As if there are no plans for a large audience based studio in the redevelopment, Studio A remains the main audience based studio for the BBC in Belfast.

Nolan Live which is regularly on the air through the year and attracts a very large local audience, along with the odd series of Give My Head Peace, political debate shows, Mastermind, other network shows will keep the studio running.

Studio A is also sited in a perfect location on Great Victoria Street, literally a few steps away from the famous Europa Hotel and Belfast City Centre, perfect for productions, with excellent transport links. This was the reason why the BBC chose the site in the late 1980s.


It's been announced Studio A is being kept, and invested in - with a new OB truck.
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JKDerry1,696 posts since 15 Oct 2016
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Studio A will be kept then I feel. As if there are no plans for a large audience based studio in the redevelopment, Studio A remains the main audience based studio for the BBC in Belfast.

Nolan Live which is regularly on the air through the year and attracts a very large local audience, along with the odd series of Give My Head Peace, political debate shows, Mastermind, other network shows will keep the studio running.

Studio A is also sited in a perfect location on Great Victoria Street, literally a few steps away from the famous Europa Hotel and Belfast City Centre, perfect for productions, with excellent transport links. This was the reason why the BBC chose the site in the late 1980s.


It's been announced Studio A is being kept, and invested in - with a new OB truck.

About time - it should have always had its own dedicated OB unit.
noggin14,378 posts since 26 Jun 2001

Studio A will be kept then I feel. As if there are no plans for a large audience based studio in the redevelopment, Studio A remains the main audience based studio for the BBC in Belfast.

Nolan Live which is regularly on the air through the year and attracts a very large local audience, along with the odd series of Give My Head Peace, political debate shows, Mastermind, other network shows will keep the studio running.

Studio A is also sited in a perfect location on Great Victoria Street, literally a few steps away from the famous Europa Hotel and Belfast City Centre, perfect for productions, with excellent transport links. This was the reason why the BBC chose the site in the late 1980s.


It's been announced Studio A is being kept, and invested in - with a new OB truck.

About time - it should have always had its own dedicated OB unit.


I don't think I've seen any announcement of a dedicated OB truck to be used just for Blackstaff. I think this is just a replacement for the ex-Telegenic truck that BBC NI currently have as their large OB unit (used both for OBs and to provide facilities at Blackstaff).
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