I happened to change to Sky News at 5.09pm today (Jan 8th 2005) and saw Francis Wilson (as part of a report on the storms yesterday) standing in front of a weather map that wasn’t the normal one (this was in fact confirmed by Sky News Active’s weather loop). Have I seen the unoffical premiere of a new set of Sky News Weather Graphics?
Funny you should mention the weather graphics, Sky News has been using new and enhanced map graphics for the purposes of the tsunami disaster that they have not used before. I think some stuff of theirs must be being produced at their new news centre, surely the building must be close to being finished if Five News are in there. Besides, Five were doing rehersals for the output months before their live date, Sky must be doing the same thing. Presenters would need to feel comfortable in the new studio before they go live. Perhaps that could explain the absence of some of Sky’s presenters (excluding the ones in asia). I know they were broadcasting a lot from asia after the disaster, but every time they did broadcast and have ever since from the newsroom, they used irregular line-ups. For example Michael Wilson being used, hwere was Steve Dixon, Emma Crosby, Mark Longhurst, Lorna Dunkley? And Allan King and Paula have only just been brought in as has Greg. It seemed like only Anna, Viv, Juliette and Michael were available, a little odd. And where is Lisa Aziz today?
Maybe I’m being just a little to speculative, but the newsroom seems very quiet these days too, not so many people back there now. Wonder why…
Maybe it’s just me but do the new graphics that channel 5 use remind you of the ones used 20 odd years ago on the BBC’s breakfast programme. When I saw Francis Wilson presenting the weather on Channel 5 my mind went back to the days when he presented the weather on the BBC first thing in the morning. Was it “Breakfast Time” you called the programme?