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Pete9,040 posts since 18 Jun 2001
STV North Reporting Scotland
God I hate sets where they pretend there are neither cameras or ways out, they make me feel uncomfortable. See also the Studio B election stuff, and that Northern Ireland weather monstrosity.

I do like the reflection in the floor though, very clever.
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Charlie Wells3,791 posts since 26 Nov 2003 Moderator
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Interesting to note them say "it's a much smaller studio than the one we used to be in". I wonder if the studio downsizing is in part due to cost cutting reasons, or just more that it's practical to use a smaller studio for VR.
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08tom650 posts since 24 Nov 2007
Does this mean HQ3 at MediaCityUK is now green screen or is this a different studio?

Also just thinking randomly if this is a permanent green studio mainly for the BBC use could this be the new home of Breakfast?
fanoftv8,151 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
The green walls in that video look like a very permanent set up to me, I wonder if this is the idea for Blue Peter to adopt VR too or at least a back drop. I caught Blue Peter the other week and it felt like Blue Peter of old in a larger studio with a trapeze performer (thought that goes well off topic).

I assume this has come about because they didn’t want to use a small looking set in HQ7, though after the years in HQ3 and then curved projector wall in TVC it would look like a downgrade.

It was interesting how Dan mentioned football programmes would be coming from there, then thinking about it I can’t remember the HQ3 set being used for anything other than football, where the old TVC sets would be. Is it a done thing that other sports are presented on location only?
m_in_m1,666 posts since 22 Apr 2006
Anglia (East) Look East
The green walls in that video look like a very permanent set up to me, I wonder if this is the idea for Blue Peter to adopt VR too or at least a back drop. I caught Blue Peter the other week and it felt like Blue Peter of old in a larger studio with a trapeze performer (thought that goes well off topic).

I assume this has come about because they didn’t want to use a small looking set in HQ7, though after the years in HQ3 and then curved projector wall in TVC it would look like a downgrade.

It was interesting how Dan mentioned football programmes would be coming from there, then thinking about it I can’t remember the HQ3 set being used for anything other than football, where the old TVC sets would be. Is it a done thing that other sports are presented on location only?

Isn't some sports coverage done using the secondary studio in the sports newsroom and also another area of the building BBC Sport are in at Media City?
Brekkie32,043 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
The green walls in that video look like a very permanent set up to me, I wonder if this is the idea for Blue Peter to adopt VR too or at least a back drop. I caught Blue Peter the other week and it felt like Blue Peter of old in a larger studio with a trapeze performer (thought that goes well off topic).

I assume this has come about because they didn’t want to use a small looking set in HQ7, though after the years in HQ3 and then curved projector wall in TVC it would look like a downgrade.

It was interesting how Dan mentioned football programmes would be coming from there, then thinking about it I can’t remember the HQ3 set being used for anything other than football, where the old TVC sets would be. Is it a done thing that other sports are presented on location only?

Isn't some sports coverage done using the secondary studio in the sports newsroom and also another area of the building BBC Sport are in at Media City?

Yes. The HQ3 set was used for Six Nations highlights this year - and there are highlights of England v Wales tomorrow but I suspect that'll be done from Twickenham.


Must say none of these sets beat the real sports news set. Will be interesting to see what happens with Blue Peter - the original plan was they'd share the studio with the virtual set build into the BP set after they're done with theirs each week rather than BP going virtual. I think the fact it's not been mentioned as a possible Breakfast set shows it's not that endearing, but a virtual set gives them a possible place to decap too if they ever do revamp their existing space. Indeed don't want to go down that route too much in this thread but the BBC North West/Breakfast Studio must be one of the oldest regional sets in the country now?
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Steve in Pudsey10,282 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
It must be saving money to use the studio that's bought out for Blue Peter rather than hiring one each week?


Ah so this is HQ7. No wonder Blue Peter has being coming from a larger studio for the last month or so.


I think it's a hybrid arrangement - the BP set is pretty minimalist so they can hang a green cyc in front of it for Sport.
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