BBC News is the operational business division of the British Broadcasting Corporation. It focuses on reporting news and current events in the UK. The news channel offers a wide variety of programming including breaking stories, a rolling news service, and a U.K.-focused channel. The service has a new graphics and video playout system, as well as a new bulletin-presentation team. Here’s what’s new this year on BBC News.
a new-look rolling news service
The rolling news service, formerly known as the BBC’s evening bulletin, has had a makeover. The rebranding was introduced on 28 March 2005, with a new logo sequence designed by Red Bee Media and directed by Mark Chaudoir. While the sequence now has a longer run time of 60 seconds rather than the 30 seconds it has been showing on air, the most significant change is in the footage used. The new sequence reflects how news is gathered, with emphasis on the BBC logo and red data streams.
The BBC will consult affected staff and trade unions before making the changes, and it will also be examined by media regulator Ofcom. The decision to completely revamp its rolling news service may require the company to go back and assess the impact on existing services. But the new rollout should provide an improvement for many of the service’s users. Ultimately, BBC News should focus on improving the customer experience and delivering a superior service.
a U.K.-focused channel
The BBC News is a major arm of the BBC, responsible for news gathering and production. It is the world’s largest news broadcaster, employing more than 3,000 people and has the highest reach among British viewers. The news department produces two general news bulletins a day, one for UK audiences and another for the rest of the world. Both types of news are copyrighted by the press.
In addition to the new BBC News channel, the corporation plans to merge BBC World News and BBC Four into a single news channel. The combined channel will have more than one location in the U.K., including London during U.K. daytime hours, as well as broadcasts from Singapore and Washington D.C. Prior to launching the combined channel, the BBC is attempting to hire Washington, D.C.-based talent for the new channel.
a new graphics and video playout system
BBC News has a new graphics and video playing out system for its production infrastructure. The system, known as IPDirector, is based on Service Oriented Architecture and has advanced API functionality. The new system enables more creative content from 400 sports production teams and journalists. The system also enables secure ingest of more than 30 simultaneous live HD feeds. It also offers central media storage and transparent control of media, allowing multiple journalists to research, review, and select media for broadcast. Moreover, it integrates with existing BBC broadcast infrastructures.
The new set includes LED video walls set between curved columns that integrate touchscreen technology. Vizrt technology powers the new video walls. BBC News’ new set was unveiled on June 13, and the show’s chief executive, Huw Edwards, had a tour of the new facility. The curved video walls are great for vertical imagery and the catwalk shape works well with horizontal images. The central tower creates a mobile-style feeling, allowing it to read in portrait or landscape orientation.
a new bulletin presenting team
The BBC has announced a new presenting team for its flagship news programme, 60seconds. The news programme, which has been around for 10 years, will be led by Sam Naz from Monday to Thursday. Claudia-Liza Armah will join the team for the weekend bulletins. 60seconds reports every hour from seven to 10pm and tells a story in just 10 seconds. It covers BBC news, global news channels, sport, and environment. It is produced by the same team who deliver BBC One’s 8pm news summary.
The BBC’s new bulletin presenting team includes Sam Dawson and Claudia Dawson. Sam Dawson has been reporting on the political and economic crisis since 2007 and has written regularly for BBC Three’s website. Claudia Dawson previously worked on BBC Look East and filmed episodes of the news programme. She started her career in 2007 after completing a Masters in Broadcast Journalism. She went on to work for the Press Association’s multimedia department. She also fronted the English news programmes for Vox Africa.