TV Studio

Berkeley's Journalism School Opens World-Class Studio in the New Nan Tucker McEvoy Broadcast Laboratory


The Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley can host live television broadcasts from a state-of-the-art studio at North Gate Hall. The studio can accommodate one or two people in a comfortable setting for interviews on-site or from a distant location. From the Berkeley campus, we can originate television feeds to any location worldwide.

Typical users include programs such as ABC's "Nightline" and PBS' "NewsHour."

Studio photo The studio was built as part of the Nan Tucker McEvoy Broadcast Laboratory, the hub of the school's acclaimed broadcast program, and broadcasts in conjunction with Educational Technology Services, the campus' other studio facility. The mission of both is to provide services both for the Berkeley campus and broadcasters worldwide.

The North Gate studio is equipped with a new Sony DXC-D35 camera, complete with camera control unit and is capable of the new 16 x 9 wide-screen format. It has complete lighting, sound and communication facilities. The fully equipped control room provides BetaCam, DV and VHS recording or playback. Communication with the talent, the control room and the destination network or station is accomplished via phone lines with IFB and PL equipment.

The television studio is complemented by the school's Madeleine H. Russell Radio Studio, from which broadcast services can be provided to networks and stations. Both studios are also used in teaching, giving students important "on air" experience.

studio2 "The lab is a gift to the entire campus community and will complement the work of Educational Technology Services," said Orville Schell, former dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. "The studios will make it even easier for national media to interview UC Berkeley professors and will be a tremendous resource for journalism students."

In addition to live television, videotape and audio feeds can originate from the broadcast laboratory in North Gate, travel via fiber optic link to the Pac Bell hub in San Francisco where it will be switched to satellite or other fiber links and on to broadcast and production facilities worldwide. The studio can be used with short notice for breaking news.

The North Gate television studio was made possible by the office of the Berkeley Chancellor and Nan Tucker McEvoy, former publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle, who gave the school $1 million to renovate the school's broadcast facilities.

For more information about the studio, the rates, to schedule a tour or a broadcast, please contact Jim Richards at (510) 643-7927, cell (510) 501-8495 or email.

Photography by David Wakely, used with permission. Click images for larger versions.

UC Berkeley -- Your Interview Source

For working reporters, the Berkeley campus is a prime source for nationally renowned experts. Its academic departments consistently rank among the top five in the country. The faculty, renowned for both teaching and scholarship, include eight Nobel Laureates and 19 MacArthur Fellows.

Berkeley's Office of Media Relations is the key link to providing journalists with prompt and expert help locating campus scholars who can be interviewed.

The office can recommend the right expert for the topic -- from engineering to anthropology, from public health to economics.

The Media Relations team can also connect news organizations with UC Berkeley's two broadcast facilities to arrange television or radio interviews from campus.

Media Relations representative: 510-642-3734

The Graduate School of Journalism Studio at North Gate Hall:
Contact Jim Richards at (510) 643-7927, cell (510) 501-8495 or email.


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