Smooth Switch to Pacific Quay?

It was never going to be easy, moving BBC Scotland from its old home on Queen Margaret Drive to shiny new premises on the banks of the River Clyde. In fact, in the case of one radio show, it has moved to Pacific Quay, only to have turn about, when some key bit of kit was found to be not working.

But the experience of the MacAulay and Co. show is not unique, as moving dates drift and gremlins are discovered in the equipment.

And where there’s technical hiccups, there’s inevitable delays in completing any necessary training.

Says one insider: “Producers and reporters are already worried that their first experience
of the new systems will actually be on air – some are afraid that programmes could be forced off air because pre-recorded items can’t be completed in time or they don’t know how to make things work.

“For instance, you can no longer phone someone up, check that they have something to say and then transfer the call straight to the studio and put them straight on air.

“Ah well, it will all be wonderful when the move’s completed and we’re all happy in our new home. Except that some of the women say they’ll refuse to use the new uni-sex toilets, and the camera crews have nowhere to store their equipment safely.”

But a BBC Scotland spokesperson said: “It’s pretty much what you’d expect from moving something that is so technology-based, but I wouldn’t say its anything we’re unduly concerned
about. There’s bound to be hitches while staff get used to a new environment – and in some case – also start operating new technology – but I think the majority of staff so far are reasonably pleased with their new building. You’ve also got to remember that we’re not fully operational yet and everything won’t be complete for another few months, when we have our official opening in September.”

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