As part of my stocking filler for Christmas my mum booked me on the BBC Media City UK Tour. Due to her being at the apartment skiing we had to book it at the end of January, so today was the day we got an insight on how the BBC work at Media City.
We met in the lobby and got taken into Quay House which is where BBC Sport and BBC Breakfast is live from every morning. Just as we got in they were preparing to go live with a sports bulletin, which was quite exciting to see with final make up and light adjustments.
We then got taken into an 'Interactive Room' where they had mock ups of the Breakfast studio, Question of Sport desk and a Horrible Histories display. Volunteers stepped forwards to read a news bulletin off the auto-cue and present the weather - they proved it wasn't as easy as it looks on TV.
The thing that got me most was how small the Blue Peter studio was. It just shows how with the magic of lights and wide angle lenses, cameras and television can be so deceiving. With an area in each corner, there was minimal studio floor left for camera crew. I saw one Jib that was left in there, however at a push, with studio crew like runners and floor managers i'd say a maximum of two other Cameras could fit in. Maybe three, with one handheld. It was still amazing to see behind the scenes and see what it is like for yourself and not through the TV screen.
For anyone interested in Media or just in the BBC itself, i would seriously recommend the tour. Its a great morning out and there is such a vibe in every building.