You heard it here first…. back in July in fact, that Today Extra was downsizing studios and moving to automation.
At the time a Nine spokesperson denied there were any plans to introduce such.
But today News Corp confirms that’s exactly what’s going down as the morning TV show moves from Studio 22, which it shares with Today, to the smaller, upstairs Studio 23 which is used for pre-recorded interviews with international guests and the 11am Nine News bulletin.
Automation directly impacts on camera, sound, lighting, floor manager and staging crews, rumoured to be a saving of around $1m a year.
Nine News boss Darren Wick told the Daily Telegraph, “It’s not cost cutting — it’s using our resources more efficiently. We’ve relocated the team into a fully automated studio, which allows us to redeploy the existing production staff into other areas across the network.”