The show is being shot in Melbourne, at the ABC’s Ripponlea studios no less, because SBS production in Melbourne is predominantly Radio rather than TV.
Watching this being put together it’s clear to see that Shaun Micallef is very hands-on. He not only writes a significant chunk of the material but on the floor he is consulted by director Kevin Carlin as to what reaction shots he would like.
In fact, he even had impeccable recall when it came to camera continuity as well. Not bad for a guy who is getting up to do breakfast radio (at least for the next few weeks) and then re-starting his day in TV production.
Newstopia in its first outing last week was a little uneven, but with Micallef behind the wheel is in good hands. Being on SBS and away from the tougher commercial pressures is a ‘luxury’ that I hope enables this to become a cracker of a show. With the election underway its timing, and potential material, is perfect.
The show is shot mostly on Tuesdays allowing it to be up to date. Most of the post-production happens later that evening. There’s even a little time left on Wednesdays to tweak before legal eagles get to look over anything which might be considered too tricky.
Tomorrow night look out for reporter ‘Caesar Romero’, Les Murray’s call-in, Roz Hammond’s (Thank God You’re Here) Sports Report …and something involving peas.
The series has a 10 week run into early December.
Newstopia airs 10pm Wednesdays on SBS.