BBC New has unveiled a refurbished London studio with a curved walkway and more interactive screens. Broadcasting House’s refurbished Studio B will be the new home of the News at Six and Ten, as well as London’s regional bulletins and some political broadcasts.
This is the first major development from a BBC News studio in 10 years. Newsreader Huw Edwards will introduce viewers to the space on Monday’s News at Ten.
It features distinct areas such as a curved walkway to guide viewers through intricate stories and a link to regional BBC programs. A new central tower will feature graphics and visuals in a vertical format similar to that of a smartphone screen, while there will also be a larger weather map to update viewers “dynamically”.
A robotic camera system with tracks built into the floor will allow the presenter to move around more safely, the BBC said, and the space can also be reconfigured for special occasions such as elections. The set also consumes less energy than the previous studio by replacing its lights with LEDs.
Edwards said: “This will be our home for daily news, big events and everything in between. It gives us a platform to tell stories in a much more dynamic, creative and impactful way that will make a real difference to our audience. We’re really proud of it and can’t wait to share it with our viewers.
Jonathan Munro, Acting Chief News Officer, said, “Bringing greater value to our audiences has been central to this project and we are thrilled to finally bring the newly renovated studio to viewers at home. It really puts them at the heart of our reporting while highlighting the wide variety of what BBC News has to offer.
“As the first major refurbishment of our news studios in a decade, this is a true model for how we move forward in sustaining our news production.”