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Whataday9,118 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
the little glimpse showed the "soft" area of the studio used for UTV Life etc, and then the small news desk area, and that is it.


UTV in 2018 doesn't need Havelock House's space. Plus the technology has moved on.

Yes, and that is because ITV have given up on any programming being made outside London or Salford. Local programming has truly died on ITV, no surprise since the 1990 broadcasting act changed ITV for the worse, it was always going to happen.


So you think ITV would have survived had the companies of 1990 stayed the same, not changed their operations, and carried on? Through increased competition from Sky, video games, the Internet, Netflix? It would have collapsed.

"Given up on any programming made outside of London or Salford". What was Broadchurch, chopped liver? Downton Abbey? There are plenty of shows made all around the UK. They just don't need huge studio facilities because technology has moved on.
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DE88639 posts since 8 Jan 2017
UTV Newsline
UTV are paying the price for the disaster that was UTV Ireland. If they had have kept their nose out of the Irish television market, all of this might never have happened, as UTV were always fiercely independent, like STV in Scotland, now STV are the only true independent franchise from the older ITV era left.


They already *have* paid the price - not only in being taken over by ITV plc, but also in losing their radio stations to a certain R Murdoch.

the little glimpse showed the "soft" area of the studio used for UTV Life etc, and then the small news desk area, and that is it.


UTV in 2018 doesn't need Havelock House's space. Plus the technology has moved on.

Yes, and that is because ITV have given up on any programming being made outside London or Salford. Local programming has truly died on ITV, no surprise since the 1990 broadcasting act changed ITV for the worse, it was always going to happen.


With the very, very greatest of respect, JKD, I get the impression that your fingers are sometimes that tiny bit faster than your brain... Embarassed Confused

(That's not actually saying anything bad about your brain, mind. Smile )
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JKDerry997 posts since 15 Oct 2016 Recently warned
UTV Newsline
UTV are paying the price for the disaster that was UTV Ireland. If they had have kept their nose out of the Irish television market, all of this might never have happened, as UTV were always fiercely independent, like STV in Scotland, now STV are the only true independent franchise from the older ITV era left.


They already *have* paid the price - not only in being taken over by ITV plc, but also in losing their radio stations to a certain R Murdoch.

UTV in 2018 doesn't need Havelock House's space. Plus the technology has moved on.

Yes, and that is because ITV have given up on any programming being made outside London or Salford. Local programming has truly died on ITV, no surprise since the 1990 broadcasting act changed ITV for the worse, it was always going to happen.


With the very, very greatest of respect, JKD, I get the impression that your fingers are sometimes that tiny bit faster than your brain... Embarassed Confused

(That's not actually saying anything bad about your brain, mind. Smile )

Thank you for your opinion, it is noted, however, like you we all gave our thoughts, otherwise what is the point of this website forum for? I gave my views, and disagree, fine, I don't mind, but there is no need for insults.
JKDerry997 posts since 15 Oct 2016 Recently warned
UTV Newsline
That new studio doesn't look too bad, and more spacious than many regions considering they have space for a soft set. The graphic panels in the soft set actually look nice with the lit up edges.

It will be interesting to see the shots of Belfast they have for the backdrop. I wonder if it will be similar to BBC Newsline's look?
Kc12313 posts since 5 Apr 2018
UTV Newsline
That new studio doesn't look too bad, and more spacious than many regions considering they have space for a soft set. The graphic panels in the soft set actually look nice with the lit up edges.

It will be interesting to see the shots of Belfast they have for the backdrop. I wonder if it will be similar to BBC Newsline's look?

I expect there to be shots of the outside of where they are situated. Belfast Harbour etc.
JKDerry997 posts since 15 Oct 2016 Recently warned
UTV Newsline
That new studio doesn't look too bad, and more spacious than many regions considering they have space for a soft set. The graphic panels in the soft set actually look nice with the lit up edges.

It will be interesting to see the shots of Belfast they have for the backdrop. I wonder if it will be similar to BBC Newsline's look?

I expect there to be shots of the outside of where they are situated. Belfast Harbour etc.

I like BBC Newsline's backdrop, especially their late night skyline version, hope UTV do it well with their backdrop.
peterrocket1,334 posts since 5 Sep 2001
It'll probably be the reverse angle of BBC Newsline's. They look towards mainly North with a bit of west and east - so I'd hazard a guess that UTVs would be South, with a bit of east and west.

Question is whether they do what the BBC haven't done this time around and used a live shot - which UTV could very easily do from the rooftop.
DE88639 posts since 8 Jan 2017
UTV Newsline
Thank you for your opinion, it is noted, however, like you we all gave our thoughts, otherwise what is the point of this website forum for? I gave my views, and disagree, fine, I don't mind, but there is no need for insults.


Would it be rude of me to ask exactly what you're disagreeing with? My "fingers before brain" remark, or whether or not UTV have already paid the price for the failure of UTV Ireland (or, indeed, both)?

As regards the former, fair enough, I should have kept that to myself, and I apologise. As regards the latter, I *do* believe UTV have already paid the price, since they *have* already been taken over by ITV plc and *have* already lost at least a great deal of their independence, and their radio stations *have* been taken over by Murdoch - but if you believe that they haven't finished paying the price yet, I absolutely respect that.

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kernow943 posts since 18 Jan 2006
Well the inevitable has happened. UTV News will be getting a set very similar to the English and Welsh regions on ITV News. They are moving into a fraction of the size of Havelock House, and this really is it. On the UTV Facebook page, the little glimpse showed the "soft" area of the studio used for UTV Life etc, and then the small news desk area, and that is it.

UTV are paying the price for the disaster that was UTV Ireland. If they had have kept their nose out of the Irish television market, all of this might never have happened, as UTV were always fiercely independent, like STV in Scotland, now STV are the only true independent franchise from the older ITV era left.



They might be paying the price in terms of the takeover by ITV, but I think the move from Havelock House would have happened at some point anyway, and just happened sooner as a result of the ITV takeover.

STV have also downsized, and if UTV had remained independent, they would have probably ended up relocating to a location similar to what they're about to move in to (possibly a bit larger to accommodate the radio stations).
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