On the 12th November, the Media team had a visit to the BBC Newcastle and had a backstage tour that ranged from delving into news programmes of the past to having a go at presenting the weather and reading the news.
We started the day by having a look at the history of BBC programmes and exploring the archives that held programmes from the mid 80’s until the present day. After this we had a look in the green screen room that is used when doing the traffic reports and the weather. We were shown how the green screen worked and the different colours that can be used to hide different parts of the presenter.
Once we had finished covering each other up with the ‘Harry Potter Cape’, we moved on to looking at the main studio where the Look North programmes and the Sunday Politics are filmed.
From this we went into the radio area of the BBC where we discovered how the programmes were produced and we were interviewed live on Sue Sweeney’s broadcast, where we had the chance to ask her some questions about the her programmes and what she does to prepare.
The final part of our tour was a chance to try our hand at presenting the weather, sport and news programmes. This concluded our tour of the BBC Newcastle Studios.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would highly recommend it to others.