One example of satellite backup is when Access Hollywood Live comes from the Today Show plaza in Rockefeller center. In the background you can always see a deployed NBC News satellite van (not a production truck) in the background (that’s never there during Today and isn’t a WNBC truck). That’s despite there’s numerous fiber connections between 30 Rock and the bureau and stations in Universal City.
I suppose that's the same as when the BBC used to have a live reporter outside TV Centre, it was usually done from a sat truck uplinking from the car park despite being only a few 100 metres from the studio and MCR. It was just easier to do a live in the way they did them every day than faff around with wallboxes. Didn't cost any more either as the crew and the space were paid for
TLS is a television production facility and not an uplink facility and most importantly it is a standalone business unit. Yes, there is comprehensive fibre connectivity to the outside world and yes there are dishes on the podium roof to receive distant sources if required. But there would be absolutely no business case whatsoever to have any sort of uplink facility. If someone wants to have their production uplinked to somewhere else then TLS would happily send your production on its way via the fibre connectivity to wherever you like - at your expense.
Yes there would be little call for it as most of the programmes it makes are for the UK and there is a good network of fibres, via BT or other providers to get it to the fairly small number of broadcasters, most of which are within 15 miles of TLS.
As Noggin mentioned there aren't many satellite uplink sites in central London. I'm not sure what the licensing rules are but there are certainly some complications with it, such as planning permission. The major uplink sites are in open spaces around the home counties - Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire. The BBCs is way outside London these days
I can't think of many in London now, I think the one on the ITN building has closed but the Docklands teleport is still there and of course TV Centre has gone
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