Sky News is putting the finishing touches to a move that will see the channel’s political editor Adam Boulton and special correspondents relocate from its Osterley base to a new multimedia studio at Millbank Studios in central London.
The new studio, which is currently being used in a limited capacity with single-camera shots, was described by Simon Buglione, head of creative at Sky News, as a fully fledged production facility in central London, with edit facilities, a newsroom set, a black-box ENG studio and various presentation spaces. It is situated in the same building as Sky’s former Millbank facility.
“It’s like a mini version of Osterley,” Buglione said. “With a fully operational gallery, we can service all online and radio programmes. It’s got an EVS server, like Osterley, and has similar kit and technology.”
The newsroom and edit suites are operational but the studio is still being fitted and is due to be fully operational in the new year, when Sunday Live With Adam Boulton will relocate. Other Osterley-based shows may also move to Millbank.
Buglione said the move to HD was the motivation for the change, for which creative agency BDA provided assistance. “We needed something that matched the [Osterley] facilities and would give more flexibility and a higher specification operation.”
One consideration was to avoid the “hackneyed” Westminster news set with the Houses of Parliament in the background.