BBC Tour

Monday 8 August 2011, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

BBC Northern Ireland Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HQ | Map to venue


A tour of BBC Broadcasting House, Belfast, a unique opportunity to take a look 'behind the scenes' at BBC Northern Ireland.

The building is modern and accessible and the BBC wish the experience to be equally good for all visitors.

BBC Tour (080811) Belfast

The tour started in the Reception area of Broadcasting House in Belfast. Following introductions we were led down a corridor until we eventually arrived on the floor of Studio B - Home of BBC Newsline. Here we were able to get a newsreaders view of the News - looking into a camera that has a diagonal mirror on the front onto which a rolling script is projected. Surprisngly we were allowed to take photos and we got a group shot of the team on the set.

We then visited the Gallery of Studio B. This is where sound and pictures from the Floor are mixed together with other material such as recordings, graphics and outside broadcasts to make the end programme we see every lunchtime and evening.

We were then led upstairs to Studio 8 - Home of Radio Ulster. Here presenter Lynette Fay talked us through the production of her show and gave us a great deal of inside information on the other presenters' shows including the editorial guidance as to what can and can't be said on the radio.

For the final part of the tour we were taken to the Board Room which had been set up as an impromptu Radio Drama Studio where we recorded a short play to a set script including a mixture of live and prerecorded sound effects. Having recorded this, it was played back to us, and it has to be said it sounded not at all bad!

This was an excellent overview of what goes on behind the scenes at our national broadcaster and many thanks are due to Carol and her team - Amy, Andrea and Eamonn who were the perfect hosts.

Paul Evans
Branch Chair