London Live is a British television channel, launched at 6:30pm on 31st March 2014. Combining London news and entertainment, it is broadcast on Freeview channel 8, satellite, cable and online.
With just six weeks before launch, and the new studios completed, the London Live team were able to start running pilots for their live morning, lunchtime and evening news programmes.
At this point, it became clear that the broadcast graphics system Chryon, would not easily be able to deliver the level of interaction needed to support the desired experience when presenting live travel, weather and social media.
In order to support the live morning, lunchtime and evening news programmes that were being launched, we were commissioned to develop an interactive studio screen.
This would take all the integration points we had already completed for the web (tube, rail, traffic and weather) and bring these together into a set of screens that the presenter could interact with.
We had just three weeks to design and build this
After that, a complete lock down of the studios, software and systems was planned, ahead of launch.
What we made
Given the extremely tight timescales, following each morning pilot, we ran daily on-site iterations at 9am with the London Live news teams, producers and presenters to rapidly develop the screens.
We started by looking closely at the fonts and colours that would be used, as these can change significantly when broadcast to a TV screen.
The final slides
We then went through a series of daily on-site design iterations with the London Live news teams, producers and presenters to rapidly develop the screens.
With different presenters having their own style, we then went on to look at how the information could be flexibility presented. This included developing the ability for presenters to queue up various combinations of screens into different running orders. This would be used to allow different bulletins to be dialled up at a moment’s notice, for example should the production team have to cut back to the studio quickly from a live outside broadcast.
This meant presenters could at any moment walk across the studio and interact with the screens – and would that the screens would need to support both touch gestures and a hand controlled clicker.
The resulting studio is now used every day as a core part of the breakfast, lunchtime and evening and weekend news programmes.