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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:14

Fox News revamps its studio with gigantic tablets

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Fox anchor Shep Smith introduces the new-look studio Fox anchor Shep Smith introduces the new-look studio Fox News

Fox News is aiming to shed its reputation, or at least slightly alter it, with a flashy new Fox “News Deck” - a room full of “information specialists” who use 55-inch touch screen computers to monitor developing stories.

The move left viewers wondering if Fox had shrunk its news offices, with staffers using Big Area Touchscreens (BATs) to browse through stories and confirm news from tweets and Facebook posts, as the producers use motion controls, which Fox says have "never been used before in news", to move photos and videos around on a 38-foot-long wall.

According to a tour video, the stories are projected onto the video wall and will be separated by what is confirmed and what is being reported.

"It's going to be a little strange at first," a producer said in the tour video.

Senior Executive Producer Kim Rosenberg said the network was looking at new ways of presenting news.

"We're trying to fuse the old way of doing TV news with this new reality, which is smartphones, apps, the Internet, your computer."

The move was clearly aimed at Gen-Y and those who have begun relying on social media rather than old-school media platforms.

“Just like you, we get our news across multiple platforms,” a producer said

Check out the introductory video below.



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