Revamp Details – Jan 2004

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Studio: They’ve put a couple of mini walls at either end of the set, painted red and they’ve plan to inset Sky News logos into them. Those walls are echoed on the newsroom side of the glass. This is the same idea as the little walls that have previously stood on the newsroom side of the glass, where moving images of the globe were projected onto them. The projections have gone. It’ll be the Sky News logo or perhaps plasma screens inserted in the walls.

They’ve also tarted up the beam above the presenters’ heads. Looks like some kind of red pading. The desk hasn’t been changed.

Newsroom: The makeover will essentially turn the newsroom into a proper studio set. Special walls are being built, with Sky News logos inset on parts of them. These walls give the newsroom a much more self-contained look and mask some of the more untidy areas.

A small presentation desk has been constructed near the area where Martin Stanford presents from. It’s a purpose built mini-set and will look much better than simply having the presenter perched on the end of a desk.

The primary colours in the newsroom will be light blue, royal blue and red. New computer terminals are being installed as part of the makeover.

I am told The main thing viewers will notice is more emphasis on using newsroom shots and being a bit more imaginative about those shots. It should all look really slick.

Graphics and ident news coming Shortly.

Should all be up and running by Jan 1st, although Today is not back on screen until Monday 5th Jan.

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