BBC News unveils revamped London studio
June 14, 2022
The BBC has unveiled its newly revamped studio which it says “will put audiences first with new features and cutting edge technology to provide more modern ways of story-telling and improve the experience of viewers at home”.
The redevelopment of Studio B will house the BBC’s flagship news programmes, the News at Six and Ten, London’s regional bulletins and a host of other news programmes.
The new studio in New Broadcasting House forms part of the BBC’s commitment to modernise the delivery of its news output and better serve audiences. It is the first major revamp of a BBC News studio in the last ten years.
Some of the new features viewers will notice include:
- A new giant curved catwalk brings a distinctive design element to life and allows thew news programmes to clearly and cleanly navigate viewers through complex stories, and will link to the BBC’s regional programmes.
- More interactive screens will allow BBC News to tell stories in a multitude of ways and choose between different types of content, giving presenters a number of platforms to share stories with viewers. The weather map will be bigger and better and allow the presenters to be free to dynamically tell the weather story of the day.
- Behind the scenes, new equipment will make reporting news more efficient and sustainable. The BBC has a new state of the art robotic camera system with embedded tracks in the floor to allow the presenter to safely move around the space. This makes it a very efficient area, and as well as introducing automation, the BBC has greatly reduced power consumption (compared to the previous studio) by replacing lights with LEDs.
Newsreader Huw Edwards said: “This is going to be our home for daily news, big events and everything in between. It gives us a platform which allows us to tell stories in a much more vibrant, creative and impactful way that will make a real difference to our audience. We’re really proud of it and I can’t wait to share it with our viewers.”
Jonathan Munro, Interim Director of News, added: “Bringing greater value to our audiences has been at the core of this project and we’re so excited to finally bring the newly refurbished studio to viewers at home. It really puts them at the heart of our reporting while also highlighting the great variety of what BBC News has got to offer. As the first major refurbishment our news studios have seen in a decade, it is a real blueprint for how we move forward in future-proofing our news output.”