Fox now Willy Wonka of news with tiny journos and big iPads
A MAJOR redesign by Fox News of their live TV newsroom has been met with derision from internet-users who have compared the new look to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and the set of Star Trek.
In a video explaining the changes, news anchor Shepard Smith says: "From the lights to the floor everything has changed - and for good reason, because you've changed as well."
The 'revolutionary' news-room includes giant screens showing incoming tweets, a 38-foot video wall controlled by a device resembling a Wii remote and - most conspicuously - a fleet of 55-inch touch screens dubbed BATs - "big area touch screens".
Writing for The Verge, T.C. Sottek described the new look as "breathtakingly ridiculous" noting that whilst Smith can certainly use the video-wall to move pictures about, doing so serves "no apparent journalistic purpose."
One Twitter user asked the news team "Did you build giant iPads or make smaller newspeople?" whilst others were quick to point out the flaws of the news-gathering tools, with many pointing out that the touch-screens being used are Microsoft's Perspective Pixels - $8,000 devices with only 1080p resolution.