Amol Rajan insight into producing BBC news during the crisis

Posted on: April 3, 2020 by Claire Meadows

Amol Rajan, the BBC’s Media Editor, has given viewers a behind the scenes insight into how the BBC continues to make the news, despite coronavirus restrictions being in place.

In a video posted by BBC News, Rajan said that with many journalists and producers now being forced to work from home, the BBC, like many others, has had to adapt its coverage to Covid-19 restrictions.

“Journalists everywhere are adapting and innovating to produce news at a time when demand is huge,” Rajan said, and keeping both staff and contributors safe was now a priority.

He added: “Journalism is the product of a particular energy, camaraderie and culture from within a newsroom, like that of the BBC. [The BBC} is normally densely packed but like millions of others also facing logistical challenges, most editors and producers are now working from home.”

The video explores how, faced with new government directives on distancing, journalists are now focusing more on video interviews and when physical interviews do take place, boom mics are now regular features. BBC Local Radio has also been forced to adapt with kitchens and front lounges converted into makeshift radio studios like those in the Today programme.

Alongside issues of capturing high quality sound safely, Rajan explores how journalists working from home are adapting to broadcasting from their front rooms. The BBC’s David Sillito is seen in the video using a duvet to attempt to improve the sound quality of a broadcast while working from home and editorial meetings and journalists, editors and producers keeping in touch are now being enabled through apps such as Skype and Zoom.

Watch the video here.