BBC unveils new studio with ‘curved walkway’…but looks suspiciously like previous set

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After a multi-million overhaul, can Huw see the difference at the BBC? Auntie Unveils New Studio With ‘Curved Walkway’… But Looks Strangely Like Previous Set

  • The BBC had its news studio refurbished, costing it up to £5million
  • Presenter Huw Edwards said the revamped set will add impact to the stories
  • An insider complained that he is constantly being told there is no money

The BBC has unveiled a multimillion-pound news studio with a ‘giant curved walkway’ just as it makes drastic cuts.

The set was unveiled in News At Ten last night – but even eagle-eyed viewers may struggle to see what the redesign, costing up to £5million, has changed.

Meanwhile, the BBC must combine news channels and cut jobs to save money.

Huw Edwards gave viewers a tour of the new studio at New Broadcasting House (pictured), which cost the BBC up to £5m

The renovated studio will host the BBC News at Six and Ten, as well as the London Bulletins

The renovated studio will host the BBC News at Six and Ten, as well as the London Bulletins

The studio now has a 'giant curved walkway' which will help add impact to stories according to Huw Edwards

The studio now has a ‘giant curved walkway’ which will help add impact to stories according to Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards, who spoke about the set tonight, stressed during a video tour that it would add impact to the stories.

But a BBC insider said staff were “constantly told by management that there was no money”.

“When they see millions being spent on studio renovations, they wonder where that kind of money is coming from,” they added.

Jonathan Munro, acting chief information officer, said it was the “first major refurbishment” in a decade.

A BBC spokesman said the more versatile set will have better long-term value.

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