Sky News Contingency Plan if there's a terrorist attack

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Post by Breaking News » Tue May 25, 2004 4:39 pm

Hi all,

I was just reading this article on the BBC's website and am really annoyed I missed their programme called LONDON UNDER ATTACK. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/panorama/3686201.stmhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/pano...ama/3686201.stm>

But it got me thinking...what would happen if there was a chemical or biological terrorist attack in London? Would Sky continue broadcasting? What safety precautions does it have in place to do so and make sure that no one on air is affected?

When I was working there there were very sturdy doors between the studio and gallery etc but anyone know any details?

DAZ

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Post by MM2K » Tue May 25, 2004 6:23 pm

I suspect they have contingency plans to broadcast from an undisclosed location.

Both the BBC and ITV have backup facilties; there is a BBC Broadcast Backup Facility somewhere in Greater London, away from the main BBC sites like Television Centre and Broadcasting House, that would take over transmission of all BBC networks should the Digital Transmission Suite at Television Centre be knocked off-air (or, from later this year, the state-of-the-art BBC Broadcast Centre at the BBC Media Village, White City, near Television Centre).

The BBC would use their regional studios around the country as backup; I would think the same would apply to ITV. Sky may even have a backup facility like this (they have a backup facility to uplink channels to the Astra satelittes, they may well have studio and transmission backups).

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Post by MelbourneTV » Wed May 26, 2004 10:11 am

May an attack NEVER occur, but if one unfortunately does, I should think Sky would keep broadcasting. They have a duty to the public to provide the latest information to people SE England and across the UK and the world.

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Post by Breaking News » Wed May 26, 2004 5:37 pm

i guess there must be a plan! but just wonder what it is!!

eagleeye
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Post by eagleeye » Thu May 27, 2004 10:05 pm

run like hell and pray??? [if it's anywhere near you]...

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Post by Steven » Sun May 30, 2004 11:41 am

May an attack NEVER occur, but if one unfortunately does, I should think Sky would keep broadcasting. They have a duty to the public to provide the latest information to people SE England and across the UK and the world.






They also have a duty to their own family and themselves!



Eagleeye hit the nail on the head.

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Post by hamishnewhouse » Sun May 30, 2004 3:34 pm

yeah lets hope an attack never happens....i feel, however it it a case of when not if! I hope Sky News contunues to broadcast in an event of an attack.

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Post by Skybaby » Mon May 31, 2004 10:35 am

Suppose it depends on the nature of the attack. If it's just London in general, that's one thing, but being a media organisation, and one that has American links too, the Sky studios themselves could potentially be seen as fair game. Remember the IRA's bomb outside the BBC a few years back.

There's probably several contingency plans in place though - I'd imagine that they have the odd rehersal in the same way that

I'd imagine the worst job would be if there was a potential end-of-the-world movie type scenario, to have to be the one who was left in the studio to continue broadcasting a la Bob Friend in ID4!

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Post by Easty » Sat Jun 12, 2004 9:44 am

Sorry to drag up an old thread, but I just so the film The Day After Tomorrw, in which Sky and Fox feature.

Personally I don't think Sky would countine to broadcast. I think the BBC and ITV have duties to the public so are forced to. However, Sky is indepentant. Sky is also set up for profit .It would cost them money they don't have to have a nucleur shelter. Maybe they would broadcast Fox.

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Post by Johnnie » Sat Jun 12, 2004 10:49 am

If you're interested in the planning that goes into media coverage of a major emergency, this document makes fascinating reading:

w http://www.ukresilience.info/mef/mefreport2.pdf">http://www.ukresilience.info/mef/mefreport2.pdf> w

It includes projections of the likely deployment of Sky's sat trucks.

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