Broadcast News Archive for January, 2004
28/01/2004 Extreme Sports Channel expands central European reach
Extreme Sports Channel has added nearly one million extra households to its reach through a series of deals across central Europe. The UPC networks in Czech Republic and Slovakia, RCS TerraSat in Ro

28/01/2004 Framestore CFC complete Travis promo post
The video for Travis's latest single, 'Beautiful Occupation', was directed by Mike Lipscombe for Frank Films, with postproduction by Framestore CFC. Attending the three-day shoot for Framestore CFC w

28/01/2004 Global Vision chooses da Vinci's revival
Quebec and New York-based postproduction firm Global Vision has integrated the da Vinci revival restoration system into its hybrid film/data workflow for complete restoration, postproduction, and dist

28/01/2004 Restaurant entrepreneur appointed Chairman of Channel 4
The next Chairman of Channel 4 is to be Ivy restaurant entrepreneur Luke Johnson. Industry watchdog, Ofcom announced that Johnson, 42, the Chairman of Signature Restaurants (formerly Belgo Group) wil

28/01/2004 School TV station purchases Pinnacle Liquid Edition
Manchester-based Whalley Range High School has purchased a Liquid Edition for use in its ground- breaking ‘in-house’ television station, Range TV. The school already has a Liquid Purple video editing

27/01/2004 Avid acquires NXN Software
Avid Technology has acquired Munich-based NXN Software AG, a leading provider of asset and production management systems specifically targeted for the entertainment and computer graphics industries, i

27/01/2004 BBC hits staff ethnicity targets
The BBC has announced that it has met and slightly exceeded the target set in 2000 to have 10% ethnic minority staff by the end of 2003. As a result nearly 650 more people from ethnic minority backgr

27/01/2004 Cold shoulder for ‘Cold Mountain’ in Oscar nominations
One of the front-runners in this year’s Academy Award race has been dramatically snubbed in the nominations list. ‘Cold Mountain’, the lavish American Civil War epic, directed by Anthony Minghella, o

27/01/2004 Discreet ships combustion 3 for Macintosh
Discreet has begun shipping combustion 3 for Apple Macintosh. Unveiled at Macworld San Francisco earlier this month, combustion 3 for Macintosh software is the latest version of Discreet's award-winn

27/01/2004 FFV and EUROCOM Broadcast sign distributor deal
Fast Forward Video (FFV), specialists in digital video recorder (DVR) technology for professional broadcast, industrial video, presentation, and military applications, has announced that Madrid's EURO

27/01/2004 MPC complete post work on BBC Ones' ‘Hustle’ trailers
Ron Scalpello of BBC Broadcast has directed a series of trailers (1 x 60 seconds, 1 x 40 seconds, 3 x 20 seconds and 3 x 5 seconds) for Abbott Mead Vickers promoting the new BBC One drama ‘Hustle’. V

27/01/2004 Ofcom to hold nationwide seminars on public service television
Ofcom has announced a series of six public research seminars in locations around the UK as part of its comprehensive 12-month review of public service broadcasting. Taking part in the seminars will

27/01/2004 Omneon appoints Senior Director of Solutions Marketing
Omneon Video Networks has announced the appointment of Jason Danielson, a 25-year veteran of the broadcast and production industry, to the position of Senior Director of Solutions Marketing. As Omne

27/01/2004 SMG plc Chairman to step down
SMG, holder of both Scottish ITV franchises has announced that its Non-Executive Chairman, Don Cruickshank, has decided to step down from his position following the Group's Annual General Meeting, sch

27/01/2004 Work to start on £300m Dragon International Studios project
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has issued outline planning consent for a £300m film and television studios project at Llanilid, Wales. This follows the successful conclusion of a detailed

26/01/2004 ‘Belleville Rendez-Vous’ scoops BBC Four World Cinema Award
‘Belleville Rendez-Vous’, the French animation tale from Sylvain Chomet, has won the first BBC Four World Cinema Award. The story follows Madame Souza's search for her grandson, Champion, a young cy

26/01/2004 ‘The Office’ scoops two Golden Globes
The hit BBC comedy ‘The Office’ has beaten off stiff competition to win the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Series, while its co-creator and star Ricky Gervais has won the Golden Globe for Bes

26/01/2004 100% increase in DTS-CSS take-up reported
More than 56 screens in 30 sites are now showing captioned movies throughout the UK with the DTS-CSS cinema subtitling system. With every major film distributor committed to producing titles with DT

26/01/2004 AKM release Bridges & Stings CD
AKM Music has released a collection of short musical cuts to fit transitions and dissolves. This versatile CD, AK043 Bridges & Stings, is a mixture of musical styles ranging from orchestral to techn

26/01/2004 Avid reveal VideoForum line-up
Avid is to demonstrate the new version of the Avid Xpress DV software for the first time in the UK on Stand No. 210 at VideoForum. The show, which takes place from the February 10-12 2004 at Wembley

26/01/2004 Bectu NEC nominations open
Bectu Branches have been invited to nominate members for the union's National Executive Committee (NEC) and President for 2004-2006. All paid-up Bectu members will be eligible to vote for the union'

26/01/2004 Compulite Vector chosen for ‘Top of the Pops’
Stagetec Distribution have supplied a Compulite Vector lighting console for the BBC’s production of the all new Top of the Pops (TOTP). Vector is the first lighting workstation that lets the operato

26/01/2004 Eyeheight playout chosen for BBC Broadcast Centre
BBC Broadcast has made an initial order for seven Eyeheight playout master control systems to be installed at the Broadcast Centre in White City, west London, the new headquarters for BBC Broadcast.

26/01/2004 ITN Archive appoints new head of New York office
ITN has appointed Stephen Messere as Northern American Head of Sales at ITN Archive’s office in New York. Messere succeeds James Jordan, whose company Jordexx Television has run the North American sa

26/01/2004 Ofcom announces new ITV licence review process
Ofcom have announced a consultation on its new approach to the review of licence terms for Channel 3 (ITV) broadcasters. Ofcom plans to introduce a unified and streamlined process in order to reduce