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A snapshot of Carolyn Brown

Eddie Mair | 19:11 UK time, Thursday, 23 August 2007

taken tonight during the 1700 news summary. Through the glass you can see the (ahem) flash and also, seated behind the computer screen, the top of studio producer and tonight's deputy editor Jeremy.


The red mike in the foreground is mine. The blue bars you see in the background are the ones we use during taped items to keep limber.


  1. At 07:39 PM on 23 Aug 2007, mittfh wrote:

    Interesting to see that even in this digital age, with a computer terminal at each of the key positions around the desk, that you still rely on paper scripts to actually read from, rather than as backups in the event of a computer crash...

    After all, you're not a music station, so the computers are hardly likely to contain the playlist, and you have producers to do all the techy stuff like adjusting the volume on the microphones and playing pre-recorded items at the right intervals...

  2. At 07:43 PM on 23 Aug 2007, Annasee wrote:

    How nice to see what Carolyn Brown looks like. Thank you. Have you got a new camera, that you are spoiling us with all these photos suddenly?

    Are those blue bars so the tea trolley doesn't bang into the expensively-soundproofed walls & make a hole in them? Or to keep any studio guests away from the asbestos so they won't sue you?

  3. At 07:49 PM on 23 Aug 2007, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    Do you mean Limber is tied to them? I always wondered...

  4. At 09:03 PM on 23 Aug 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    Ah the joy of paper. So difficult to take even a laptop to the toilet to rehearse your lines...

  5. At 09:24 PM on 23 Aug 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Re; Annasee ...

    I think Eddie is scared about losing the likes of Rachel G who commented on the earlier 'sounds of summer thread :-)

  6. At 09:28 PM on 23 Aug 2007, DI Wyman wrote:


    ..cor blimey guv


  7. At 10:37 PM on 23 Aug 2007, Gossipmistress wrote:

    Carolyn's mike should be yellow so you have traffic lights!

  8. At 11:27 PM on 23 Aug 2007, Fifi wrote:

    ..... ! ......


  9. At 06:38 AM on 24 Aug 2007, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Fifi (8):

    You're being enigmatic again.

  10. At 08:49 AM on 24 Aug 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Thank you for that. It is indeed a pleasure to see the faces behind the voices. I guess Carolyn was waiting to read the news while you gave the headlines, otherwise she would appear to be speaking through closed lips. But you wouldn't have been taking the picture while giving the headlines, would you? Or is it - erm - versatiity, it's what we do?

  11. At 11:25 AM on 24 Aug 2007, Fifi wrote:

    SSCat (9) : Never confuse 'enigmatic' with 'incoherent'.



  12. At 07:33 AM on 25 Aug 2007, eddie mair wrote:

    Good point mittfh (1). The 1700 bulletin is normally all read from paper - and we like most of the show to be on paper.

    From a green point of view the screen is best of course, but these days my screen has much more than enps (the system the holds the scripts etc) on it. There's the email page, the blog, the text stuff, and any number of news and briefing sources. So having your script, and the next possible scripts on screen in front of you is often impossible. Having said that I frequently read off screen (only had it go blank without a paper back-up once!) and the newsreaders like Carolyn will often do all the other news bits at 15, 30 and 45 past the hour off screen as they are changed and rewritten until the last moment. I often read off screen for the same reason - we're tweaking the script and the details of the recordings right up until they're broadcast.

  13. At 10:25 AM on 26 Aug 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    eddie (12)

    cor blimey guv..yer 'avin a larf int you?

    ..we fought you made it up as you went along!


  14. At 11:54 AM on 26 Aug 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    The blue bars you see in the background are the ones we use during taped items to keep limber.

    Teeheeteehee -- what a lovely mental image :-)

  15. At 06:38 PM on 26 Aug 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Apy (14)

    ....no it's not.....Eddie in a leotard...with his 'bits' all pronounced......yer 'avin a larf!


  16. At 03:36 PM on 27 Aug 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    My question:

    Why so much yellow in the studio? The decor strikes me as ever so '80s. Would I be right?

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