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Behind the scenes at BBC London




Had my first ever weather shifts at BBC London in between Christmas and New Year and it was great fun being in a new region and seeing how things were done differently.  I thought it was high time I shared the experience with you all!


The studios are located in the stunning Broadcasting House, situated just off Oxford Street – a rather dangerous shopping temptation during lunch breaks!   Fortunately I was too busy forecasting the weather and getting to grips with a new region to have time to pop out – plus my ‘lunch’ break was actually at 730pm due to the shift not starting until 3pm – so I think most of the shops will have been shut.  Phew…


BBC London

Bright pink to distract from the grey skies of the forecast!


If you hang around for long enough you’re bound to spot your favourite newsreaders, reporters and television stars.  Radio One have just moved into the building too, and there are hundreds of radio and television programmes made here daily – it was a hugely exciting environment to work in.

BBC London office

Open plan office.

The office was much quieter than usual because of the time of year. Usually frantic with breaking news, tight deadlines and last minute schedule changes, it had a pleasantly serene air to it.

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Day two – still saying sorry about the dire weather

The BBC London studio will soon be moved elsewhere, and the one you see here will be transformed into the new One Show studio.



And of course before getting into the studio one has to make oneself look presentable.  Cue make up professionals, hair stylists and Gok Wan wardrobe afficionadoes…?  Not on your nelly!  All make up, hair and styling is done by our own bare hands!

BBC London dressing room

The dressing room at BBC London was a typical television dressing area – never quite the glamour you envisaged.

And controlling the entire show, the director, producer, sound and light engineers would be based in the gallery – flicking switches, monitoring various outputs and giving counts to us presenters.  As I’ve always been on the studio side of the operation, I have no idea what it’s like in the gallery during the bulletin – but I sure do love all the lights and buttons in there!



BBC London radio is also broadcast from here – and the studios were pretty smart.  Paul Ross and Penny Smith are two of the presenters, as well as Vanessa Feltz, but alas they weren’t there when I was on shift, otherwise I would have definitely got you some pics of them!


Radio studio

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Weekend Forecast & New Year’s Eve

Hello folks!  Here’s a peek at what to expect between now and January 2nd 2013.  Forecast area Kent, Sussex, London and Surrey

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A screen shot of me delivering the bad news on BBC London last night – cue ‘Sorry’ face!

Saturday:  For most the wind will have been the most noticeable feature so far.  However, the rain spreading in from the west throughout the day will have some heavy downpours within it and lead to more flooding in places.  The worst of the rain will be out of our region, but for us the heaviest amount will be 4-8mm in total for West Sussex and parts of Surrey and London.  East Sussex, East London and most of Kent will tend to have less than 2-4mm – in fact East Kent possibly under 2mm in total today.  Most places should be dry by 6pm though – turning drier from the west from as early as 4pm.  Very windy all day, with gusts up to 40mph inland, but 45-50mph along the south coast.  Mean wind speeds of 20-30mph.  Southwesterly though so at least it’s mild again – though not quite as mild as Friday.  Up to 10/11C (50-52F).  Friday was 12C.  Average should be 8C at this time of year.

Overnight: Staying dry for most, although there will continue to be some showers popping up occasionally on the South coast, blown in on the strong winds. No let up in the wind strength either.  At least it’ll remain frost free!

Sunday: Our best bet of a little break in the rain. Sunny spells and staying dry until later in the day.  Still very windy though, 20-30mph westerly, and it’ll feel quite a bit colder too, despite the sunshine, only up to 7C/45F.   But DRY!


A westerly wind means we should be sheltered from many of the showers so should stay dry with sunny spells until evening. Notice the tight isobars though – it’ll be very windy.

Monday (daytime):  It could start dry, but rain and very strong winds will be the general gunky theme of Monday.

New Year’s Eve:  At the moment it looks like a wash out, and a windy wash out at that!  Not very pleasant at all – watch the fireworks on the telly is my advice at the moment.  On the plus side the rain brings the mild air back so it won’t be desperately cold.  If I had to say who will escape the worst of the wet weather I would say East Kent – so less bad if you’re around Canterbury, Whitstable, Thanet, Sandwich and Folkestone or Dover – though of course no one will escape the incredibly strong winds. SW’ly 20-30mph, gusting up to 40-50mph.

New Year’s Day:  Although not perfect, the 1st January will be much better than previous days! A chilly northwesterly wind will make it feel quite cool.  Winds not as strong as previous days though, and although there could be some showers, there’ll be some nice dry sunny spells inbetween – perfect for a first day of the new year stroll!

Have a wonderful time whatever you’re doing, and all the best for 2013! x x

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