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…
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.
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.
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!
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!