The BBC’s main UK domestic news bulletins and its rolling news channel, BBC News, are to broadcast from a new set of high definition studios at New Broadcasting House in London from Monday 18 March 2013.
This is part of a gradual centralisation of the BBC’s News operation at New Broadcasting House in London. Domestic programmes such as Andrew Marr, Newsnight, and The Sunday Politics already broadcast in high definition from the new studios, having moved from Television Centre in West London last year, as does the BBC’s commercially funded international news channel, BBC World, which moved to New Broadcasting House in January.
For viewers, this means that the BBC’s main national bulletins on BBC1 HD, and BBC2 HD (which replaces BBC HD on Tuesday 26 March), will be broadcast in HD (though a lot of source material for reports will inevitably be in SD) from much larger studios.
The BBC News Channel will be broadcast from HD capable studios which will allow for better and more dynamic presentation. However, it is unlikely that a HD version of the BBC News Channel will launch as there is no slot on Freeview for another HD BBC channel and the BBC’s preference for platform neutrality means that a BBC HD service exclusively on cable and satellite is unlikely. It is for this reason it is unlikely there will be a BBC3 HD and BBC4 HD in the medium term.
Update: Here is a clip of BBC correspondent Nick Higham reflecting on Television Centre with Maxine Mawhinney on BBC News