Broadcast News Archive for February, 2003
25/02/2003 AFL expand OB capability
AFL TV have expanded their OB capability with a new fully digital OB unit based in a Volkswagen Caravelle, which offers between two and five cameras in a very compact package. Most commonly set up fo

25/02/2003 BBC voted the best British export
The BBC have topped the charts as Britain's best export, beating competition from the Royal Family and Manchester United, according to new research from Parcelforce Worldwide. The poll of more than 1

25/02/2003 British Government warned it is "failing the Irish language"
A member of the suspended Northern Ireland power sharing government has warned that the development of the Irish language in television is being undermined by both a funding shortfall and a lack of po

25/02/2003 Colourist Brian Metherell joins The Machine Room
Following substantial growth in demand for telecine projects, The Machine Room have appointed telecine colourist Brian Metherell. Metherell has nearly 25 years experience in telecine, and joins from

25/02/2003 Detailed study aims "to secure UK’s future as world film centre"
Stewart Till, Deputy Chairman of both the UK Film Council and Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries, has launched a major push to ensure that the UK Film Industry has the

25/02/2003 Framestore CFC launch new online studio
Framestore CFC have launched 'front', a digital online studio that "revolutionises postproduction and archive management for agencies and production companies". Facilities include an archiving servic

25/02/2003 Rushes Post Dirty Sanchez spot in HD
Rushes have completed post on a risqué HD spot for Dirty Sanchez. Shot in black and white, at intervals statements such as "Do not smoke in the cinema", "Do not use your mobile phone" and "Do not pai

24/02/2003 Aardman design BBC Three's blob idents
The recent launch of BBC Three saw branding consultancy Lambie-Nairn tasked with creating a unique identity for the channel. They wanted a use a character in the idents, so that it could act as an i

24/02/2003 BBC Moscow select Quartz solution for new bureau
Quartz have received a major order to supply a range of routers and a control system to BBC Moscow’s prestigious new Bureau in Bakhrushina House. The refurbished building is set to be the BBC’s main

24/02/2003 Framestore CFC win big in L.A.
Framestore CFC dominated the television categories at the first annual Visual Effects Society Awards, held recently in Los Angeles. Of the twenty awards for VFX work in film and television, five wen

24/02/2003 Leitch selected for digital newsroom facility in Panama
Panama's leading private broadcaster, Corporacion MEDCOM, have chosen Leitch's VR platform for their new digital newsroom facility. "We chose Leitch because of its leading development in shared stora

24/02/2003 National Science Museum launch IMAX Film Festival
To celebrate National Science Week, the Science Museum are screening an unprecedented series of IMAX films in the UK's first IMAX film festival. The Science Museum IMAX Film Festival will show 10 spe

24/02/2003 The Mill post BAFTA winning short film
The Mill have worked with writer/director Chris Morris on his short film 'My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117', which picked up the award for Best Short Film at the BAFTA award ceremony. The film was adapted

24/02/2003 The Orange British Academy Film Awards winners announced
Seven films have each won two British Academy Awards at this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, held on February 23 at the Odeon, Leicester Square. 'The Pianist' won in the categories Best Fi

24/02/2003 Triveni Digital to debut new version of SkyScraper at NAB 2003
Triveni Digital, the leading solutions provider for data-enhanced digital broadcasting, will debut the latest version of their SkyScraper datacasting system at NAB 2003. The system is a platform for

21/02/2003 Alan Cronin moves up to Facility Manager at TSI Post
Independent broadcast services company TSI have promoted Alan Cronin to the new role of facility manager. Formerly head of production at TSI, Cronin will widen his remit to take control of the day-t

21/02/2003 BBC publish response to Lambert Review
The BBC have published their response to Richard Lambert's review of BBC News 24. The BBC's response - submitted to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport at the end of January - reaffirms the B

21/02/2003 Disney to receive NAB Hall of Fame Award
The National Association of Broadcasters have announced that the Disney anthology television series are to be inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame at the NAB2003 Television All-Industry Luncheon, to be

21/02/2003 DK-Audio reduce UK cost of MSD100 meters
DK-Audio have announced a 20% price reduction on all MSD100 meters sold in the UK. In future the list price will be £595 plus VAT. The reduction is designed to encourage UK broadcaster, postproducti

21/02/2003 Dreamworld Studios install TL Audio VTC
Jens Schroeder’s Dreamworld Studios, located on a secluded 65-acre rural site in the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park, have taken delivery of a TL Audio VTC console. Schroeder commented: “We

21/02/2003 EMS complete installation at APTN's London headquarters
UK Systems Integrator EMS Ltd have successfully completed the installation of a large international control room and digital infrastructure project for APTN. The installation, at APTN's global headqu

21/02/2003 Hopkins appointed new Chairman of PLASA
The Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) have announced the results of the Executive Committee's internal election for the officer posts of chairman, vice-chairman and treasurer for 200

21/02/2003 Leitch's AgileVision chosen by PBS station's digital upgrade
KACV, a PBS member station in Amarillo, Texas, have selected Leitch's AgileVision system to upgrade their digital broadcast. Don Ford, director of engineering at KACV, said: "Leitch's AgileVision wa

20/02/2003 Big Idea Productions copy protect with Macrovision
Big Idea Productions, creator of "values-based product in the children's entertainment industry" have chosen Macrovision Corporation to copy protect their first animated feature film, 'Jonah - A Veggi

20/02/2003 Brave Film named 'Small Business of the Year'
The Brave Film Company have been named 'Small Business of the Year' at the Orange Small is Beautiful Awards. The awards, are designed to recognise the "passion, dedication and hard work" that goes in