CBC breaks the traditional broadcast design mold with new ‘National’
A new home in Studio D
Located at CBC’s broadcasting center in Toronto, the show’s main set occupies Studio D (formerly known as Studio 55), the long-time home of “The National,” using Control Room 52.
The look jettisons the previous bright red and blue design in favor of a space driven by technology, with multiple LED walls, including a unique installation camera center with vertical LEDs on different planes.
The anchor desk is open, with room for all four anchors, should the need arise, with the studio creating a 360 broadcast space.
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Downlights around the set walls add pops of blue and orange with slivers of LED breaking up the sections. Blurred out views of the city provide a gentle background, with the walls showcasing large imagery during story teases.
A corner of the studio also includes mementos of past iterations of the show, such as a note from previous hosts and Peter Mansbridge’s former TV set.