A visit to the BBC Oxford Studios

Today we went for a tour around BBC Oxford’s Studios.  It was organised as a result of the Oxford Open House Day.

We were welcomed by professional broadcasters who took time off their television and radio work to show us around.

The Television Journalists pride themselves in going out with portable cameras, and a tripod, to compile reports all over the Oxford editorial area. These are for the BBC South News output.  They ensure that they obtain two different opinions on items, and good linking script in order to uphold BBC’s impartiality standards.

I have made up a video of the trip, and also have put text on the pictures, so hopefully they will give you a flavour of what goes on in compiling the radio and television programmes.

There is a very small staff there, the television staff seem to have hi tech equipment, although we were told that domestic applications can produce tv standard videos, so they try to do their best keep the standards high!

The radio staff have the benefit of computerised music, jingles etc, but still use older mixing desks with sliding controls. The Television staff have had to get to grips with their system, so perhaps when the old studios disappear on radio, the Radio staff will have to come up to date mixing output digitally without old hardware.

I suggest that you hit the pause button on the slide show in order to see the picture and explanatory text.

Thank you to the hard working BBC Staff in Oxford.

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