Yeah I agree. In saying that though, the last week or two as I mentioned earlier, with the wide shots of the set look good! The end of today's show had the set lit really well. I still hate the desk and the platform with the logo on it was good in theory but was executed poorly.
Overalll the lower thirds need a makeover. They are too solid, big and boxed in. They have gone with the whole "open set" look for the show and in my opinion the graphics should reflect it. At the moment the graphics don't match the set at all.
Also, it's been a year and still the new "seamless" plasma wall they have needs calibration as half of he screens have different contrast/saturation settings. I don't know if this is because it was a cheap brand they used and are stuck with dogey monitors, or pure laziness... I'm assuming the latter.