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  • Sky.dub
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    Im just wondering…Does everyone remember that prior to the Sky relaunch, a lot of presenters were off due to rehearsals in the new studio… What exactly warranted days and days off to rehearse when, there is no fundamental difference in the presentation…all they had to learn was the set up of the studio.

    Particulary i’m referring to Jeremy Thompson…what did he have to rehearse! He just sits in his chair!

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    Jason1970
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    Look, please stop complaining about Sky News. At least give it a year and we will see the rewards.

    If i remember rightly, when News 24 started, people were complaining 24/7 about them and if reports are right, they are ahead of Sky now.

    Sky News do a good job and if u do not like Sky News move to another channel for your news

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    Musey
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    there is probably a hell of a lot more to the job than just reading. a whole new system of organisation and procedure came with the relaunch – everything was done differently, and especially when you are doing everything yourself, ie presenting solo, what’s wrong with a few practice runs?

    besides, if there had of been a few bogey’s in the presentation you would have been the first to say “sky are a professional outfit who think of themselves as number one in the business, it’s unacceptable they shouldnt be able to relaunch smoothly and without errors”. etc etc

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    Daved2424
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    Not only presenters need rehearsals.

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    Sky.dub
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    Jason1970 wrote:Look, please stop complaining about Sky News. At least give it a year and we will see the rewards.

    If i remember rightly, when News 24 started, people were complaining 24/7 about them and if reports are right, they are ahead of Sky now.

    Sky News do a good job and if u do not like Sky News move to another channel for your news

    First of all, i’m not complaining. I’m just saying that for the rehearsals they went through, the presenation is not that different.

    And the layout is fundamentally the same…headlines..stories go live to reporter…headlines..ad…sport..weather. Not much has changed.

    Thus what were they rehearshing for so long!

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    Dirkyt
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    Perhaps the rehearsals were to let presenters bond more with their new co-stars. It was a MASSIVE move and technically it must have been very demanding. The presenters and producers etc would need to get settled and a lot was riding on the relaunch. The very people moaning about this would have been the first to moan if they did not have long enough for the relaunch – if the station conked out on its first day in a new home.

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    AJ
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    Obviously they needed the time to test everything out and make sure that they were happy.

    They were trying out the new formats – e.g. the new look Sky News Today and Live at Five etc

    They also moved to the Quantel server system – which I believe had many many teething problems initially – so they also had to make sure all of that was working smoothly before the whole channel’s output became dependent on it.

    The camera ops would have needed to get used to filming in widescreen and framing angles and shots etc.

    The list could go on and on.

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    Sky.dub
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    AJ wrote:Obviously they needed the time to test everything out and make sure that they were happy.

    They were trying out the new formats – e.g. the new look Sky News Today and Live at Five etc

    They also moved to the Quantel server system – which I believe had many many teething problems initially – so they also had to make sure all of that was working smoothly before the whole channel’s output became dependent on it.

    The camera ops would have needed to get used to filming in widescreen and framing angles and shots etc.

    The list could go on and on.

    That sounds like problems for the production team, not the presenters

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    AJ
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    sky.dub wrote:(AJ @ Feb 14 2006, 10:38 PM) [snapback]13360[/snapback]


    Obviously they needed the time to test everything out and make sure that they were happy.

    They were trying out the new formats – e.g. the new look Sky News Today and Live at Five etc

    They also moved to the Quantel server system – which I believe had many many teething problems initially – so they also had to make sure all of that was working smoothly before the whole channel’s output became dependent on it.

    The camera ops would have needed to get used to filming in widescreen and framing angles and shots etc.

    The list could go on and on.

    That sounds like problems for the production team, not the presenters

    Yes, but it helps the production team if the presenters are there to rehearse with them. How the hell are they supposed to ensure that they’re able to put out a full 60 minutes of rolling news if there are no presenters.

    AFAIK the presenters also helped formulate some of the new aspects of the presentation style.

    May I ask, what on earth is your problem with the fact they had rehearsals? Are people not allowed to rehearse? If you were a presenter moving into a brand new environment and new technologies and formats, wouldn’t you like to practice first?

    No?

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    Sky.dub
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    AJ wrote:(sky.dub @ Feb 14 2006, 11:47 PM) [snapback]13362[/snapback]


    (AJ @ Feb 14 2006, 10:38 PM) [snapback]13360[/snapback]


    Obviously they needed the time to test everything out and make sure that they were happy.

    They were trying out the new formats – e.g. the new look Sky News Today and Live at Five etc

    They also moved to the Quantel server system – which I believe had many many teething problems initially – so they also had to make sure all of that was working smoothly before the whole channel’s output became dependent on it.

    The camera ops would have needed to get used to filming in widescreen and framing angles and shots etc.

    The list could go on and on.

    That sounds like problems for the production team, not the presenters

    Yes, but it helps the production team if the presenters are there to rehearse with them. How the hell are they supposed to ensure that they’re able to put out a full 60 minutes of rolling news if there are no presenters.

    AFAIK the presenters also helped formulate some of the new aspects of the presentation style.

    May I ask, what on earth is your problem with the fact they had rehearsals? Are people not allowed to rehearse? If you were a presenter moving into a brand new environment and new technologies and formats, wouldn’t you like to practice first?

    No?

    I was simply questioning the lenght of rehearsals….particularly given that some of the shows(Live at 5,Sky News Tonight for example) it would seem would not need a lot of rehearsals. They don’t do anything particularly different from prior to the relaunch.

    I do agree that new presenters might need a little more rehearsals than experienced presenters.

    And its not 60 minutes FYI.

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    AJ
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    sky.dub wrote:
    And its not 60 minutes FYI.

    Really? I always thought that there were 60 minutes in an hour.

    Meh – better get some new clocks.

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