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firstly, the size of the new studio, which means a lot more walking for the presenter from one side of the set to the other. this concerned carol latham. clive bennett agreed. and richard wondered: steve brown recorded this video for us with his reaction to the changes. just my own opinion,
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but the new studio b seems to be over lavish and tawdry. sophie looks as though she's in isolation. the weather presenters look as though they are lost. and why is the flooring on different levels? is it because they needed to put in curbing? all in all, a complete waste of valuable funds. there's certainly a lot going on here — a spiral staircase, a large, vertical screen used for imagery, and an even bigger screen where a correspondent can explain the background to a story, speak to the presenter either in person or down the line, or we can have some detailfrom the presenter him or herself. these explainers aren't new, of course, but are now being done on a bigger scale than before, and they failed to impress oldman wood, who recorded this message on the newswatch phone line. huw edwards was in discussion with faisal islam. neither man was actually
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talking to the camera and so neither of them were actually addressing the viewer. it made it appear like a private conversation that we were intruding on. earlier, huw edwards had been talking about the northern ireland protocol whilst stood with the wall display. what we need to focus on of course is the border with northern ireland and the republic of ireland which, just let's repeat and underline, is in the european union. the material was presented and dumbed down to a level that would assume that the viewer was not aware that northern ireland was even actually part of the uk. that's bbc news at ten... finally, huw edwards now seems to be obliged to finish his bulletins by traipsing across the studio, down one step and then up another, talking as he goes. what a pointless exercise is this, and how long is it going to be before huw accidentally trips on one of the little steps and goes flat on his face?
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that will make the news, i suppose. thank you for watching and goodnight. the big screen also features at the end of each bulletin with an appearance from all the regional news presenters before their own half—hour bulletins, but the news didn't automatically continue for many viewers, who instead saw this, because regional news still can't be seen in high definition. that's now promised for next year, but mark was unimpressed. weather presenters are also in the new studio making use of a screen twice the size of what they had before. in the heat coming in from the south... david smith's reaction:
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there were also some compliments for the studio revamp, including this from jayagopal nair: matt webb had a positive reaction too, but his also came with a request. the new—look studio b looks absolutely brilliant, it certainly brings new dynamics to the news at six and news at ten on bbc one. the surrounding branding hasn't been updated, though, that's been in use since 2008. is there any news as to when the branding will be updated and will be
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evolved as well? well, plenty of points to put to paul royall, the editor of the bbc�*s news at one, six, and ten. a new set, but the same titles and branding since 2008. why didn't you just do them all together? one of the things we wanted to achieve with a new set is evolution, not revolution, and so, clearly, the branding is the same. we've updated the set and the physical surroundings, but we didn't want to sort of rupture with the past. the branding is known around the world, and so what we've tried to achieve is, as i say, evolution, not revolution, as we update and sort of look more modern going forward. mm, you say you want to look more modern. could you sum up what was the point of this revamp? we've been in our current studio for nearly ten years, and like anything, whether it's a tv studio, a house, a car, at some point, they need an upgrade and we were going to have to do this whether we stayed in the studio we have been using, or whether we moved
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to the studio, which, remember, is an existing studio within broadcasting house, and so the big driver was if you think that, a, there isjust the passing of time, but also, so much has changed, technology has changed, we needed new screens, for example, and so whatever happened, we were going to be doing this. the new set isn't connecting too well with the audience, though, is it? they say it's too big and it looks it. well, first of all, it's great to have feedback and we welcome feedback, and, like any sort of project or change project, the implementation is really important and we will listen to all this feedback. we are evolving and iterating as we go. i think the other thing you have to remember is this studio is for the six and ten o'clock news, but it's also going to be used by bbc london, it's also going to be used by laura kuenssberg's sunday morning programme, which will start in september, and it will also be the home for our big political programmes, election night, those sort
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of things, so it's fulfilling a variety of purposes for a variety of programmes and so it needs to have that flexibility and versatility inherent in it. having said that, i think it works really, really well for the six and ten o'clock news. do you think the explainers you're doing more of, many viewers think they are excessively dumbing down. yeah, well, i would obviously really dispute that. we know from audience research and audience feedback there is a real desire to understand the news more deeply, and that sometimes people find the news alienating because sometimes the density of it, so, for example, the northern ireland protocol, which you're probably referring to, which we explained on monday night, is a very, very dense, difficult subject to explain in a minute or two, and so, we did it very, very well and it's a tough subject and i think it was really clear and there's no evidence of dumbing down at all. do you think there's
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an inherent dilemma in trying to attract new viewers to bulletins when loyal viewers, like the one who complained and said telling us that northern ireland is in the uk is dumbing down, is that a problem for you? i don't think so, because i don't really accept that charge, to be honest. the programmes this week have been full of all the usual world—class journalism, impartialjournalism, that bbc news is known for, whether it's orla guerin, steve rosenberg, chris mason, faisal islam on the current economic situation in the uk and around the world, so i don't really accept that charge. obviously we are trying to refresh, modernise, evolve the programmes. and fantastic if we can bring in new viewers or people who are only occasional television news viewers, that would be fantastic. but i think what we have here is a much bigger and better impactful news programme for all our audiences. viewers are really noticing
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the amount of walking. stepping off once step, walking across the studio floor, up another step, it's clearly distracting them and it's not for them, so who is it for? i think, first of all, some viewers may be finding it distracting, but not all viewers, and again, it'sjust to produce a bit more energy and a greater dynamic into the programmes. equally, in the past, when presenters have sat behind a desk for the whole programme, we've had charges of the desk feeling like a barrier between the programme and the presenter, so what we are trying to do is explore ways in which we can perhaps bring a little bit more engagement and interactivity with the studio and the set, which we think will be better for the programme and, ultimately, and, most importantly, betterfor the audience. you will know that newspapers
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are reporting this set cost £5 million, they put in a freedom of information request and have not had a response yet. was it a wise use of licence fee money when the bbc is cutting journalist jobs? like i said at the beginning, we were going to have to spend money one way or the other because everything needed an upgrade, whether it's staying in an old studio or moving into a new studio, we needed to spend money. everything at the bbc, everything that's spent goes through a really rigorous value—for—money process. as i said earlier, this studio is being used for a variety of programmes and is part of a wider upgrade of all our television news studios so that we are modernised and fit for audiences for the next ten years, having been served very, very well by our current studios for the last ten years. paul royall, thank you so much for coming on and taking viewers' questions there. thanks for all your comments this week. if you want to share your opinions about what you see or hear on bbc news on tv, radio, online or social media, e—mail: or you can
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find us on twitter. you can call us: and do have a look at previous interviews on our website. that's all from us. we'll be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello there. friday brought the peak of the heat that's been building over the last few days. the highest temperatures we saw across the uk were very close to 33 degrees, but look at these temperatures on friday across the south of spain, the south of france, 43, 44 degrees. 35 was the top temperature in paris. that heat being scooped northwards into parts of england, wales and indeed the channel islands. in fact, jersey had its hottestjune day on record. 33 degrees or very close to it across parts of east anglia, through the london area as well. whereas further north and west, with these westerly winds, we had some cooler conditions. temperatures in western scotland, for example,
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no higher than 16 degrees. and more and more of us are going to get into those cooler conditions as we head through saturday. we've got this frontal system pushing southwards, a cold front, introducing that cooler air. so, these are the temperatures as we start saturday morning. 9 or 10 degrees for scotland, northern ireland, the far north of england. whereas further south, we're still in the grip of those warm, even hot conditions. 18 to start the morning in london. and across this south—east corner, where we see spells of sunshine, it will be another hot day. across parts of the west country, wales, the midlands, east anglia, we'll see cloud bringing outbreaks of heavy, potentially thundery rain at times. to the north of that, some spells of sunshine. showers into north—west scotland, maybe the odd one for northern ireland. temperatures for most of us 15, 16, maybe up to 18 degrees. whereas down towards the south, highs of 27 to 29 once again. and with that heat, well, we could see the odd thunderstorm popping up across the south—east of england as we go on into the evening,
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heavy rain still swarming across the channel islands and the south—west of england. and again, that could produce some thunder and lightning into sunday morning. so, there certainly will be some thunderstorms rumbling around, mostlyjust to the south of us on sunday. some could just clip into southern england, but for most of us, sunday is a mainly fine day, some spells of sunshine, some areas of patchy cloud, just the odd shower in the north. but with these northerly winds, we're cutting off the supply of heat from the continent, so temperatures by this stage 1a to 19 degrees. it will feel significantly cooler. now, for some, those temperatures will climb again as we head through next week. a bit of rain at times, decent amount of sunshine, but it certainly won't be as hot as it has been.
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