BBC News V-Sat vehicle parked on Custom House Quay.

A team from BBC Breakfast has been in Falmouth for a live broadcast and Falmouth Journalism student Chloe Sweet went along to see how it all worked.

The BBC team were looking at how proximity to the sea can help with mental illness. It forms part of a week-long series on Breakfast exploring the benefits of living by the sea.

How it looked on TV – the live drone shot of the inner harbour

In their pre-filmed feature video they spoke with Penryn-based charity Sea Sanctuary and also with Exeter University students who are using Virtual Reality to bring the benefits of the sea to those who cannot get to the coast.

Producer Philippa Wain calls the gallery in BBC North studios in Salford




“Being able to think on your feet is massively important when working on shows like BBC Breakfast.”

BBC correspondent Graham Satchell presented the segment from Custom House Quay complete with a specially-made extra large deck chair.

Truthfal student journalist Chloe Sweet said “It was really interesting to see how live broadcasting works. I saw that even the smallest of obstacles can completely throw off the timing and structure of live tv, so it was a good opportunity to get some advice about how the cameramen and producers deal with these obstacles but while under such pressure!”

Despite the heavy rain, the broadcast – which included live drone coverage of the inner harbour –  went off without a hitch. The only minor hiccup came when the local dustbin lorry needed to turn on the quay and found its path blocked by the BBC OB van. A quick chat and the van was moved – although producer Philippa Wain did need to make an urgent call to the gallery in Salford to warn them they may lose the signal.

The BBC team negotiate with a local dustbin lorry crew

Chloe added: “After speaking to them all, it was obvious that being able to think on your feet is massively important when working on shows like BBC Breakfast.”

You can watch the broadcast here: (fast forward to 06.20am, 07.20am and 08.55am)