Live TV is a very delicate procedure, everything needs to be pinpoint on the day. But even with the presenters in position and the set all ready to go, it doesn’t mean the tech will behave itself.
Roughly 1 year ago the BBC base in central London underwent a big hi-tech refurbishment costing around 1 billion pounds, updating all the current kit, including new robotic cameras.
Problems soon arose with the cameras taking on a life of their own, suddenly moving in unwanted directions causing serious problems for presenters, but absolute hilarity for viewers. Numerous examples can be found online with one great video below showcasing the camera actually doing a full 180 degree turn away from the presenter.
Some presenters have gotten so used to these rouge cameras that they can just ignore them. Others can’t help getting hands on with the issue. BBC world news had quite a major malfunction in May 2013, which had business presenter Aaron Heslehurst going to lengths and trying to manually move a camera. Only to receive and angry producer in his earpiece.
Fears have recently arisen that these problems may get worse once the new BBC computer system is introduced. The current computer system, called ENPS, is looking to be replaced within 2 years, it works alongside and communicates to separate camera control system, called Mosart. BBC plan to run ENPS alongside its replacement to ensure a backup, but trials are currently underway to see what might happen when both systems talk to Mosart simultaneously.
One source said: “They are due to run together for some time. But bearing in mind the problems that happen with cameras already no one is quite sure what will happen when Mosart has to work with the old and a new system.”