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Sky News Contingency Plan if there's a terrorist attack

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  • Daz
    Daz
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    Hi all,

    I was just reading this article on the BBC’s website and am really annoyed I missed their programme called LONDON UNDER ATTACK. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/pano…ama/3686201.stm

    But it got me thinking…what would happen if there was a chemical or biological terrorist attack in London? Would Sky continue broadcasting? What safety precautions does it have in place to do so and make sure that no one on air is affected?

    When I was working there there were very sturdy doors between the studio and gallery etc but anyone know any details?

    DAZ

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    Forum Member
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    I suspect they have contingency plans to broadcast from an undisclosed location.

    Both the BBC and ITV have backup facilties; there is a BBC Broadcast Backup Facility somewhere in Greater London, away from the main BBC sites like Television Centre and Broadcasting House, that would take over transmission of all BBC networks should the Digital Transmission Suite at Television Centre be knocked off-air (or, from later this year, the state-of-the-art BBC Broadcast Centre at the BBC Media Village, White City, near Television Centre).

    The BBC would use their regional studios around the country as backup; I would think the same would apply to ITV. Sky may even have a backup facility like this (they have a backup facility to uplink channels to the Astra satelittes, they may well have studio and transmission backups).

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    MelbourneTV
    MelbourneTV
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    May an attack NEVER occur, but if one unfortunately does, I should think Sky would keep broadcasting. They have a duty to the public to provide the latest information to people SE England and across the UK and the world.

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    Daz
    Daz
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    i guess there must be a plan! but just wonder what it is!!

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    Eagleeye
    eagleeye
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    run like hell and pray??? [if it’s anywhere near you]…

    #17211 Reply
    Steven
    Steven
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    May an attack NEVER occur, but if one unfortunately does, I should think Sky would keep broadcasting. They have a duty to the public to provide the latest information to people SE England and across the UK and the world.

    They also have a duty to their own family and themselves!

    Eagleeye hit the nail on the head.

    #17212 Reply

    yeah lets hope an attack never happens….i feel, however it it a case of when not if! I hope Sky News contunues to broadcast in an event of an attack.

    #17213 Reply
    Skybaby
    Skybaby
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    Suppose it depends on the nature of the attack. If it’s just London in general, that’s one thing, but being a media organisation, and one that has American links too, the Sky studios themselves could potentially be seen as fair game. Remember the IRA’s bomb outside the BBC a few years back.

    There’s probably several contingency plans in place though – I’d imagine that they have the odd rehersal in the same way that

    I’d imagine the worst job would be if there was a potential end-of-the-world movie type scenario, to have to be the one who was left in the studio to continue broadcasting a la Bob Friend in ID4!

    #17214 Reply
    Easty
    Easty
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    Sorry to drag up an old thread, but I just so the film The Day After Tomorrw, in which Sky and Fox feature.

    Personally I don’t think Sky would countine to broadcast. I think the BBC and ITV have duties to the public so are forced to. However, Sky is indepentant. Sky is also set up for profit .It would cost them money they don’t have to have a nucleur shelter. Maybe they would broadcast Fox.

    #17215 Reply
    JamesH
    JamesH
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    If you’re interested in the planning that goes into media coverage of a major emergency, this document makes fascinating reading:

    http://www.ukresilience.info/mef/mefreport2.pdf

    It includes projections of the likely deployment of Sky’s sat trucks.

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