CNBC has begun broadcasting from its redesigned London studio, which has been overhauled to allow the on-screen presenters to work more closely with the channel’s digital team.
The studio, which has increased in size by 40%, is dominated by a new 15-metre video wall, which vice-president of international news and programming John Casey said is one of the largest in the EMEA region.
An LED rear-projection Barco screen will be used for new graphics packages, including an image of a globe that will be used to visually represent real-time data from exchanges around the world, and a ‘heat map’ to give traders a realtime view of the Stoxx Europe 600.
The studio, which is home to the channel’s flagship programme Squawkbox, now has six digital positions in the on-air environment to more closely align the web team with the on-screen reporters.
“One of the news anchors will sit with the digital team and try to capture and showcase online conversations for the audience so we can give them every possible angle of a story,” said Casey.
“We have featured newsroom activity before, but this will be the first time journalists have been included in a way that is not as set dressing.”
Four cameras have been added to the London facility, with two placed on the studio ceiling along with two wall-crawlers to give a 270 degree, floor-to-ceiling view.