Broadcast News Archive for November, 2002
26/11/2002 BDL-Autoscript win Polish Television order
BDL-Autoscript have won a £40,000 order from Polish Television for eight base stations and 15" TFT Flat Panel High Brite on-camera prompters. The prompters will be set up in several studios at Polish

26/11/2002 Carlton post £156 million loss
Carlton Communications have blamed the downturn in the advertising market for the £156 million loss revealed in their final figures for 2002. Although turnover rose by 2% between October and December

26/11/2002 Evertz 9625LGA SDI logo and audio inserter launched
Evertz have launched the Evertz 9625LGA, a complete SDI logo and audio inserter designed to key static or animated bugs over a full bandwidth SDI program video signal. The unit will also 'duck-insert

26/11/2002 IFTA Awards set for Belfast in January 2003
James Nesbitt, Brendan Gleeson and Brenda Fricker are among those nominated in the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) Awards, which will take place at the NTL studio at Belfast's Waterfront Hall

26/11/2002 Indies position strengthened by ITC report
The long running debate concerning the future of independent producers in the UK industry has been altered significantly by the publication of an ITC report into the issue. Ordered earlier this year

26/11/2002 Producer Vittorio Giannini joins Rushes
Rushes Postproduction have announced the appointment of Vittorio Giannini as Producer with special interest in Telecine. His brief is to ensure that clients understand the full range of options avail

26/11/2002 The Film Council supports Asian achievement in film
The Film Council are sponsoring the first Achievement in Film Award at the BBC Mega Mela Awards 2002. The Achievement in Film Award will be made to an individual or group for outstanding work in film

25/11/2002 BBC celebrate RTS success
BBC Outside Broadcasts and BBC Post Production have won six awards including the prestigious Judges Award at The Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards. BBC Outside Broadcasts were given t

25/11/2002 BBC escapes from record libel payout
The BBC escaped the threat of a record libel payout when it agreed to pay £500,000 to an African diamond firm that it wrongly linked to Osama bin Laden in a news item. Oryx Natural Resources had been

25/11/2002 BECTU pronounce Communications Bill 'too weak'
More protection for regional TV is needed in the Government's new communications legislation, say BECTU. The union are worried that the future of programme production from the ITV regional bases hang

25/11/2002 C4 and five 'to merge' advertising sales
Channel 4 and five will merge their sales operations if Carlton and Granada get the go-ahead to form a single ITV, according to a Sunday Times article. One source said: "The conversations have moved

25/11/2002 David Linger joins Coe-tech/Robe UK
Coe-tech/Robe UK's have David Linger as Sales Manager, to be based on-the-road and at Coe-tech's HQ in Northampton. Linger has worked proactively in the moving light business for the past decade, mos

25/11/2002 MTV to focus on original programming
MTV are reportedly to make a UK version of the popular live performance show 'Total Request Live' as part of plans to double their investment in original programming. The Total Request Live show is o

25/11/2002 Softimage support Matrox Parhelia graphics card
Softimage have announced that the SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.3.0 software, the industry’s leading 3-D nonlinear production environment, now supports the new Matrox Graphics Parhelia series triple-head graphics c

25/11/2002 SSL consoles boost Swedish production talent
Leading Swedish mix engineer/producer Niklas Flyckt has installed an SL 9000 J Series SuperAnalogue console in his privately owned Khabang studio in Stockholm. A mixer for 22 years with an establishe

22/11/2002 BECTU issue advice on fire strike
A safety checklist has been issued to BECTU representatives ahead of Friday's firefighters' strike. Branch officers and safety reps have been reminded that the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 places

22/11/2002 Caboom Produce Lucozade commercials for Far East and Africa
Irish company Caboom have produced 2 x 30" Lucozade television commercials to be broadcast in China, Hong Kong and Singapore and Nigeria. Created by Ogilvy & Mather Ireland, the animated commercials

22/11/2002 DVA provide BBC 'Malai Cream of Comedy' graphics
DVA have created the title sequence and stings for the new BBC 'Malai Cream of Comedy' show. It was designed by DVA head of graphics Mark Breakwell and built and animated by his team. The sequences

22/11/2002 Ewan McGregor quits Natural Nylon
Ewan McGregor has left Natural Nylon, the UK production company founded by the cream of the UK's acting talent in a bid to create a "British United Artists". News of the UK star's departure comes onl

22/11/2002 Maxtor's 250GB hard drive kit now available
Maxtor Corporation, a worldwide leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions, have announced they are shipping the Maxtor 250GB Hard Drive Retail Kit, offering consumers a way to upgrade their PCs

22/11/2002 New rack-mount mixer released by Sonifex
Sonifex have launched a new product in their Redbox range, the RB-PMX4 1U rack-mount analogue preset mixer. The RB-PMX4 is a high performance 10 mono input to four mono output preset mixer. Each of t

22/11/2002 RTE seek substantial licence fee hike
The RTÉ Authority have considered and agreed a submission to the Irish Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, seeking a revision of the licence fee. The submission seeks a licence

22/11/2002 TSL chosen by Yorkshire TV for conversion suite integration
Television Systems Limited (TSL), the UK-based independent broadcast systems integrator and manufacturer, have won a significant systems integration and equipment supply contract from Yorkshire Televi

21/11/2002 Aardman 'Bring Fruit to Life'
Aardman Animations have completed a commercial for a new smoothie and cocktail maker from Kenwood. The tag line in this commercial is 'Brings Fruit to Life', and this theme drives the spot. When the

21/11/2002 Historic Kennedy assassination film to be restored in London
Historic film of one of the defining events of the 20th century, the assassination of President John F Kennedy, is to be remastered and restored using the latest digital technology. The restoration w