‘I’m exhausted just watching Huw Edwards’: Viewers react to BBC News at Tens new £5m studio


‘I’m exhausted just watching Huw Edwards’: Viewers joke BBC’s ‘much bigger’ £5m upgraded news studio will leave presenters ‘dizzy’ after it was unveiled with THREE new interactive screens and ‘catwalk stage’

  • Viewers got a new look at BBC News at Ten studio during its broadcast last night
  • Move has seen News at Ten team leave Studio E for its new look Studio B home
  • Cost of project, which includes new interactive screens, has not been disclosed
  • Twitter users gave studio mixed reviews, with some calling the revamp a ‘waste’
  • Others praised integration of new technology, including switch to regional news

Social media users have joked that BBC host Huw Edwards is being given the run around in News at Ten’s flashy new £5million studio.

The presenter, 60, was up on his feet during the first 15 minutes of last night’s broadcast from the new set – which features a snazzy curved catwalk and large interactive screens. 

The journalist had a brief stint back behind a desk during a segment about the EU, before returning to his feet for a discussion with economics editor Faisal Islam.

On a night of mixed reviews for the ‘much bigger’ studio, some even joked that they were ‘exhausted’ just watching the presenter move across the set.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: ‘Not keen on the new look News at Ten, all this standing round and walking about one minute then sitting down the next. Huw Edwards must be dizzy…’

Another wrote: ‘There seems to be a lot of walking about. I’m exhausted just watching Huw Edwards.’

Social media users have joked that BBC host Huw Edwards (pictured) is being given the run around in News at Ten's flashy £5million new studio

Social media users have joked that BBC host Huw Edwards (pictured) is being given the run around in News at Ten’s flashy £5million new studio

The presenter, 60, was up on his feet during the first 15 minutes of last night's broadcast from the new set - which features a snazzy curved catwalk and large interactive screens

The presenter, 60, was up on his feet during the first 15 minutes of last night’s broadcast from the new set – which features a snazzy curved catwalk and large interactive screens

Huw Edwards behind his desk at the old BBC News at Ten studio, which has been replaced with a new flash set

Huw Edwards behind his desk at the old BBC News at Ten studio, which has been replaced with a new flash set

On a night of mixed reviews for the 'much bigger' studio, some even joked that they were 'exhausted' just watching the presenter move across the set

On a night of mixed reviews for the ‘much bigger’ studio, some even joked that they were ‘exhausted’ just watching the presenter move across the set

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: 'Not keen on the new look News at Ten, all this standing round and walking about one minute then sitting down the next. Huw Edwards must be dizzy...'

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: ‘Not keen on the new look News at Ten, all this standing round and walking about one minute then sitting down the next. Huw Edwards must be dizzy…’

A third Twitter user added: 'Has this new studio been designed so that Huw Edwards can achieve the required amount of steps per day?

A third Twitter user added: ‘Has this new studio been designed so that Huw Edwards can achieve the required amount of steps per day?

Another wrote: 'Watched BBC News tonight. Bless the lovely Huw Edwards. At one point he almost fell over a pointless step.'

Another wrote: ‘Watched BBC News tonight. Bless the lovely Huw Edwards. At one point he almost fell over a pointless step.’

Another described it 'disorientating' watching the presenter move around the new studio. They wrote: 'In my mind he (Huw) has always been a static top half of the body person. It feels strange to see his legs move.'

Another described it ‘disorientating’ watching the presenter move around the new studio. They wrote: ‘In my mind he (Huw) has always been a static top half of the body person. It feels strange to see his legs move.’

A third Twitter user added: ‘Has this new studio been designed so that Huw Edwards can achieve the required amount of steps per day?

‘It looks ridiculous and a complete waste of money. There was nothing wrong with the existing set. I though you were on a cost cutting exercise.’

Another wrote: ‘Watched BBC News tonight. Bless the lovely Huw Edwards. At one point he almost fell over a pointless step.

‘Who designed the new studio? It is weird. The weather map was also very odd. Give the forecasters more time, they rush through. It is a waste of time.’

Another described it ‘disorientating’ watching the presenter move around the new studio. They wrote: ‘In my mind he (Huw) has always been a static top half of the body person. It feels strange to see his legs move.’

The BBC unveiled the new multi-million-pound news studio with its ‘giant curved catwalk’ just as it is making drastic cuts.

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

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

Speaking to the Daily Mail ahead of the reveal of the first broadcast Edwards stressed during a video tour that it will add impact to stories. 

But one BBC insider said staff were ‘constantly told by management that there is no money’.

‘When they see millions being spent on a studio refurbishment, they wonder where that sort of cash is coming from,’ they added.

Jonathan Munro, interim head of news, said it was the ‘first major refurbishment’ in a decade, while a BBC spokesman said the more versatile set will be better value in the long run.

But it received mixed reviews on its ‘opening night’, with some viewers saying it looked ‘too big’ and others describing it as a ‘waste of money’.

One Twitter user wrote: ‘Thoughts on the new BBC studio? Looked WAY too big for my liking and felt a little weird, but some of the new tech was cool.

Another wrote: ‘How can you justify the cost of the new News studio? You could have used the money to carry on funding elderly viewers’s licence fees.’

Another added: ‘So this new BBC studio is to attract younger(ish) viewres like me who have switched off broadcast and the BBC entirely? Lol, you guys are not living in the same century we are, are you?’ 

However it was not all negative reviews for the new studio, with some praising its new technology.

In particular, there was praise for the new regional handover, when the main UK news show hands over to local BBC news.

At this point in the show, Edwards stood in front of a screen showing each of the regional news set ups.

One Twitter user wrote: ‘Really very neat idea and slickly hands over to the regional news teams. Overall it was an impressive programme, smoothly executed with some fresh new features.’

Freelance broadcaster journalist Vincent McAviney wrote: ‘New BBC bulletins studio looking great tonight. Particularly love this regional handover shot.’

Others praised the style of the news studio. One wrote: ‘How good does the new BBC News studio look! Clean crisp presenting. What the Beeb does best!’

Really like the new BBC news studio. There is more interaction from the news presenter and explanation, making good use of their new screens. Good for the viewer.’

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