‘Squawk Box’ gains flexible new home at the Nasdaq
Previously broadcasting from Studio B on the second floor of the Nasdaq, which is also home to the exchange’s streaming video production center and an event space that opened in 2014, the move puts the show at street level and next to the the giant wall where trading begins each morning.
The space, known as Studio A, was upgraded with new exterior windows and a purpose-built control room for CNBC.
The design features a “high-tech” anchor desk comprised of 57-degree angles, and CNBC notes that it “appears to defy gravity” on-air. Behind the talent, moveable panels include frosted plexiglass and graphics that match the desk’s angles along with a few embedded displays.
Another unique feature of the space is a motorized truss lighting grid. It can raise and lower to become hidden after the broadcast wraps (right before the opening bell), allowing a clear view of the monitor wall. This technology, combined with a hydraulic floor and easily storable set, allows the entire production to hide after its daily broadcast.
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