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.