BBC Radio 5 Live removes studio cameras from website

The live studio video feed for BBC Radio 5 Live has been removed from the station’s website.

Until recently, users could watch what was happening in vision 24/7, with multiple cameras covering the studio, and one in front of each presenter.

The live camera stream would automatically mix itself, switching cameras to whichever studio microphone had the most dominant audio going through it.

When no audio was heard (during pre-recorded clips or phone calls), a wide studio shot was used.

But this has now been taken down from the website without any notifications from the BBC.

When contacted by RadioToday, we got this statement: “We have reviewed our live webcam use in line with demand. We will still provide live coverage for special events and selected programmes on BBC platforms.

“This does not affect how we use video clips on social media and our website.”

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16 Comments
  1. Mark budgen says

    It was a free service to the world. Paid for by hard up British licence payers.

    1. David says

      I’m very disappointed the radio 5 live web cam feed is gone I would listening and watching the evening sports programmes like the Monday night club with chappers, Wrighty and sutton and weekend sport etc it felt like you was in the studio and being involved with what ever debate was going on so please bring it back

  2. Colin Udall says

    This was mentioned on the Kermode and Mayo film review programme a couple of weeks ago, so this isn’t as sudden as it sounds.

    1. Murray Dickson says

      Would YOU like to have everything you do in your workplace streamed to the World?

      I spent my working life in Radio and TV but what went to air on TV was planned and there was never any suggestion or need for televised transmission of what was happening in the RadioStudio.

  3. Joe Smith says

    It’s radio not TV so who cares?

    1. Paul Buckley says

      I suspect that it may have been done because the cameras are revealing that more and more of the presenters are not based in the Salford studios.

  4. John Smith says

    Why not remove BBC5 Live

  5. Phil England says

    Cost cutting messure?

  6. David says

    I’m very disappointed the radio 5 live web cam feed is gone I would listening and watching the evening sports programmes like the Monday night club with chappers, Wrighty and sutton and weekend sport etc it felt like you was in the studio and being involved with what ever debate was going on so please bring it back

  7. Will says

    They’re only removing this because of pre recorded shows

  8. Len Groat says

    This was one of THE most stupid ideas ever… technology overtook sense and good taste!!

    I remember that at Piccadilly, Trent and GEM many of the DJs and presenters complained that just a brief visit from guests, or being watched from another studio, threw the intimacy of the show off course….

    This group mentality of 4 5 or 6 voices all competing started in UK with Evans and that awful yappy Radio 1 breakfast show… and its gone mad ever since…

    Ultimately radio should be about 1 to 1 COMMUNICATION

    1. T1 says

      I don’t think this is the most stupid ideas ever. What is stupid is radio stations that play hundreds of JAM jingles!

      Also, I don’t see why radio should just be about 1 to 1 communication. There is room for different styles of broadcasting given the amount of channels.

  9. Stephen Hall says

    Bravo. A silly trend that had novelty appeal at best. Spend the money on programme content.

  10. maurice fellls says

    If the BBC merged 20 of its 40 radio stations it could save some money. May not be a popular move with some listeners but surely we’re not that parochial that we need a station for every big town/city. Anyway, some have a staple diet of music followed by phone-in, followed by music, followed by another phone-in etc. Rather like commercial radio.

  11. Brian Hayward says

    Really disappointing to lose the Radio 5 live webcam coverage , working from home i really enjoyed having the video as well as the audio , to glance at as well as listening . made the experience of 5 Live better , hope it comes back

  12. Nigel Higinbotham says

    I really miss the livecam as it enabled us to get to know the presenters in a way that just radio didn’t. They became your friends in a way – and that will be surely missed.
    Please bring it back

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