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Tony Livesey's guide to the 5 live studios

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Will Cooper Will Cooper | 13:10 UK time, Thursday, 17 November 2011

Our move to Salford is now very nearly complete and within the next few weeks all our shows, with a couple of exceptions, will be coming from the new studios here in MediaCityUK.

Some of you have asked us about the new studios and how they work, so here's Tony Livesey to give you an idea of what goes on behind the scenes.

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 Will Cooper is a senior content producer at 5 live.


  • Comment number 1.

    Nice little piece, Tony is a good communicator. Love that screen with all his noises on it for him to choose.

    Who writes the scripts for him?

    The best bit of Tony's week is fast becoming his sport panel, he clearly loves it and it is good fun. Kate getting in to it all now.

    No point in criticism. Tony and Anna are my current go-to favourites on 5North.

  • Comment number 2.

    Thanks for the feedback Carrie. We're going to produce a few more of these over the next few months to explain how programmes and news / sport bulletins are put together.

  • Comment number 3.

    Yeah great video, I'm looking forward to more in this series and seeing what the rest of the Five Live stuios/offices look like.

  • Comment number 4.

    I enjoyed that and have enjoyed the watch facility on the 5 Live programmes. It sounds to me as if most of the presenters are still travelling to Manchester each day. How does Nicky Campbell get there so early? Richard Bacon, who I accidentally heard on his first day back as I had been enjoying listening to Phil Williams, talked about the train and his baby crying all night, so presumably he is travelling daily. I can't imagine what is going to happen when the winter weather (or leaves on the line) strikes, not to mention the tedium of doing all that travelling every day when they have been used to only going into London.

  • Comment number 5.

    Actually I am not sure Nicky can get a train from London that gets him there for 7am. Don't feel sorry for any of them, they took the money/perks/expenses, so it is up to them how they do it. Frankly it isn't at all professional to complain about something you have chosen for yourself. If you want to live in the Smoke, yet work in Manchester, get on with it. I feel sorry for all the kids in this upheaval, either having to move or having an absent parent.

  • Comment number 6.

    Actually Breakfast is still based in London - as I understand it they move in to Salford by November 26.

    Those studios look great!

  • Comment number 7.

    Nicky looks as if he is in the new studio when I have had a peek - even today.

  • Comment number 8.

    Excellant Blog and a fantastic insight into the 5live studios.

    Couple of Question if i may:

    When i watch a 5live show through the Website, sometimes i can see the Presenter talking other times i can only see an empty seat, with the Prsenter talking out of the view of the Camera, is it not possible the Camera could be positioned so we can see all the Guests as well as the Presenter?

    Also the issue of TEA, does 5live employ a Tea Man, who seems to provide unlimited Cups, especially to David Pleat, whenever Pleaty is on he always seems to be making a T sign, how many Cups are 5live Staff allowed to have on 1 shift? Is the use of a Tea Man a wise use of resources especially in the time of Cuts? How much is this costing us the License Fee payers? I am sure the Daily Fail would be intrested in the answers.............

  • Comment number 9.

    Question, connected to this...I have noticed that there seem to be a lot more breakdowns in communication since most programmes have moved oop norf, you know the sort, now we'll go over to so and so for an up to date report or so and so is on the line....and then nothing, nada, zero. Why is this?

  • Comment number 10.

    I still can't understand how Livesey ( with such an esteemed cv as ex Daily and Sunday Sport editor and MD ) with his endless array of expensive gizmos , got the late show gig except for the fact that he conveniently lives up north.I was only harking back the other day to those great days on 5live when we could hear proper commentators/presenters such as Nick Robinson or Fi Glover when late night radio was worth tuning into.Switched on this morning to hear the upmarket Angela Rippon presenting on 5live and got slightly confused by this.I'm not used to hearing such an eloquent voice on 5live above all the overly loud footie trailers and such like.Give her stint in place of VD and your listening figures will rocket.Nevermind the gizmos just give us the news.

  • Comment number 11.

    I have to say I find Tony Livesey on the late night show to be dire. I don't want people to text in with their 'worst breakup stories' or whatever dumbed down topic is on offer for that evening. I want intelligent broadcasting for a reasonably intelligent audience. There is a hell of a lot of important news out there to be discussed and 5 live isn't discussing it.

  • Comment number 12.

    The watch live facility is not working AGAIN.

  • Comment number 13.

    For the two main national weekday ' talk ' radio stations between 10pm and 1am to have only a choice of either an out of his depth and trivial Tony Livesey or brought to a level of some Sports Bar intellect , tells you something about how radio station controllers rate the intelligence of the general public.After Radio 4's 10pm news there is now absolutely nothing that caters for people who want good intelligent broadcasting and debate which used to be available on 5live or even sometimes with James Whale on TS.

  • Comment number 14.

    I couldn't agree more with 11 and 13. I also remember Fi Glover and Nick Robinson and despair how 5Live has dumbed down. I sometimes listen to LBC but as I am a northern listener (who doesn't care if all the broadcasting comes from London!) and can't get good DAB reception, I have to listen on my iPhone or laptop.

    I read that Breakfast doesn't move until the end of the month after my last post. Nicky tweeted yesterday about moving into his flat in Manchester, where he will only spend a few nights a week. Nick the traffic chap finished on 5 Live on Friday, presumably as he doesn't want to move. Rachel Burden has already moved north, so does she move down again at the moment? I know one morning there was a breakdown in communications and Nicky had to admit she wasn't in the same studio.

  • Comment number 15.

    They are there for all to see in the new studio. (Nicky and Rachel) However when there is no watch facility working I guess people are still elsewhere.

    Tony is a bit trivial but the old newsman does emerge when there is something serious. I do agree that historically there have been greater presenters and my favourite was Vincent Hanna. Nick did a great job too. But as we are endlessly told, those days have gone, and trying to appeal to a wider audience has become the be all and end all for AVK's brief. Anyway, there are a lot worse people to endure on the station than Tony at the moment, although my life has been made less annoyed by simply avoiding Breakfast these days.

  • Comment number 16.

    Carrie - how can you be 'an old newsman' when you've edited The Sport titles?

    Never knowingly reported a piece of news in their life!

  • Comment number 17.

    That's true Jackstumps. But he has worked in other places, not just on what could casually be called low life journalism. It is true though that he manages to present breaking news well although I suppose if it was something really big he would have to hand over to someone with some subject knowledge depth.

    He is better than some that have had that slot in the recent past. You can't dent that.

  • Comment number 18.

    'Deny' that, dent you probably could.

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  • Comment number 20.

    Ive had a really good look around the mediacity at Salford quays, and its a fantastic complex, in a wonderful location. Even now it has a very exciting buzz about the place, far from the image painted of 'vast empty studios'. And I think the reason a news station would be sited 200 miles away from the capital is that the capital is not where all news generates from, news worthy things happen all over the country, so being located in a more central location makes perfect sense.

  • Comment number 21.

    The cringeworthyness of ' text in if you have seen a celebrity while in the supermarket ' is about the level this station now aspires too and I can't see it getting any better unless the BBC Trust and their public surveys tells the current controller he has gone way too far .I never thought it was possible to dumb down the already dumbed down but someone has managed it.

  • Comment number 22.

    It's irrelevent where the programme comes from or from what state of the art sudios.

    When we start worrying about how the presenters family lives are affected by this change then there really are big problems!

    It's the quality and objectivity of the news and reports that matters and the selection of callers that are put on air.

    Tony Livesey's show I notice have been considerably dumbed down in recent weeks as far as listener input has been concerned.

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  • Comment number 30.

    Nearly everyone who didn't highly praise the station has been removed - again.

    Forgot, briefly, that the transparency and accountabilty demanded by the BBC of everyone else doesn't extend to themselves.

    Got to ask, why are they so thin skinned; what have they got to hide?

  • Comment number 31.

    I am shocked! My post hasn't appeared. I can't think what I said that was any worse than the normal criticism that the station gets.


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