Broadcast News Archive for November, 2002
18/11/2002 Digital cable television falls behind broadband in Europe
According to the European Cable Yearbook 2002, just released by media analysts Screen Digest on behalf of the European Cable Communications Association (ECCA), the year 2002 has been an important one

18/11/2002 Framestore CFC take pains over Bond titles
In addition to contributing digital special effects and providing some stunning digital grading effects for the opening section of the latest Bond film, Framestore CFC provided some astonishing visual

18/11/2002 FT2 receive National Training Award
A National Training Award has been presented to FT2 (Film and Television Freelance Training) for their New Entrants Technical Training Programme. The scheme trains young people to enter the film and

18/11/2002 Pinnacle supply switcher and character generators to GBC
The Greek Business Channel (GBC) have installed a Pinnacle Systems PDS 6000 switcher, two DekoCast master control systems and one Deko Rocket in their new studio in Athens. GBC, which is on-air 10-1

18/11/2002 RTE's 'Random Passage' wins two Gemini awards
'Random Passage', the eight-part RTE/CBC television drama series which was screened on RTÉ One in May and June last year, has won two highly prestigious 'Gemini' Awards, for best actress and best cine

18/11/2002 Soundcraft unveil new Spirit range mixer
Soundcraft have unveiled the latest addition to the Spirit range, the multi-format low-cost E Series. The emphasis with the Spirit E Series is very firmly on quality build and audio performance, with

15/11/2002 British horror enjoys impressive international debut
British horror title 'Deathwatch' has received a stunning international box office debut in Hong Kong. Launching on just 19 screens on November 7 the film grossed a massive $192,564 to take the top s

15/11/2002 Flint Hire & Supply honoured at 'enterprise Oscars'
Entertainment equipment supplier Flint Hire & Supply have been named one of the fastest growth businesses in inner city Britain at the second annual Inner City 100, the prestigious small business awar

15/11/2002 Irish Film Board budget slashed
The Irish government are set to reduce the Irish Film Board's funding by 12.5%. The Board's administration budget will be reduced by 1% to €1.584m, while their capital and training budget will be cut

15/11/2002 New CgFX plug-in for 3ds max 5
NVIDIA Corporation and Discreet have announced the availability of a CgFX plug-in for 3ds max 5, Discreet's professional 3D animation and modelling software. A provider of award-winning systems and

15/11/2002 Sennheiser launch new clip mic and headset
Sennheiser have introduced a new addition to their clip mic range, the Sennheiser ME 105. The ME 105 is acoustically optimised for its intended headset worn applications. The high quality, miniature

15/11/2002 Sirius-owned shopping channel gets the TSI touch
TSI Design, the graphics arm of broadcast services company TSI, are producing a graphics package of animated stings and idents to promote the festive season on TV Warehouse, one of Sirius Retail Telev

15/11/2002 Sky Active now available in Ireland
Sky Active, BSkyB's interactive television service, has been launched in the Republic of Ireland, reaching some 255,000 Sky Digital subscribers. BSkyB are currently understood to be in discussions wi

15/11/2002 Top Soho engineer joins root6
One of Soho's most respected engineers, Phil Crawley, has joined technology reseller root6 as Head of Special Projects. The newly created role will see Crawley responsible for introducing a systems i

14/11/2002 Dublin post facility get Curious
AA Holiday Roadwatch, an Irish televised traffic and travel bulletin broadcast every week for a 10-week period by Ireland’s national broadcast station RTÉ, is produced for the Automobile Association b

14/11/2002 Elinor Day launches new production company
Elinor Day, the former deputy head of production at FilmFour and the person responsible for such films as 'East Is East' and Oscar hopeful 'The Warrior', has launched her own production company, the l

14/11/2002 Leitch appoint root6 UK & Ireland distributor
Leitch Technology Corporation have announced that root6 have appointed the master UK and the Republic of Ireland distributor for Leitch's new Quattrus non-linear editing system. John Harris of root6

14/11/2002 Reality TV launched on NTL digital TV service
NTL have secured the rights to carry Reality TV, the UK channel dedicated to reality programming, as part of their digital television basic package. The NTL deal adds a further 1.2 million homes to R

14/11/2002 RTE win back the Champions League
UEFA, the governing body for European football, have accepted RTÉ's bid for exclusive live coverage of Wednesday nights in the world's premier club competition, with additional rights to screen highli

14/11/2002 Rushes appoint Head of Library & Archives
Rushes Postproduction have appointed Sharon Hill as their new Head of Library & Archives. Hill is a qualified professional librarian, with experience honed during ten years in public libraries. She

14/11/2002 Upsurge in Scottish production bucks UK trend
Despite the general slump in UK production, Scotland is currently enjoying an upsurge in film and television production. Following critical acclaim and a raft of awards for 'The Magdalene Sisters', '

14/11/2002 XL Video supply Coldplay tour
XL Video have supplied hardware for Coldplay’s current phenomenally successful world tour, which continues until September 2003. Coldplay’s video production makes a refreshing change from the convent

13/11/2002 ABC select Avid for transition to digital newsroom
Avid Technology have announced they are to accelerate the transition of ABC’s news operations to an all-digital production environment. The project will start immediately and will involve ABC’s even

13/11/2002 BECTU accuse BSkyB of 'dirty tricks'
BECTU have accused BSkyB of using underhand tactics to head off compulsory union recognition. Days after the union won the right to hold a ballot on union recognition at the company, staff on their

13/11/2002 Cine Wessex edit new five series
Winchester-based Cine Wessex, provider of television and video production services, have edited a new high profile crime series for five. Produced by Pixelle Productions and presented by renowned cri