Broadcast News Archive for March, 2005
21/03/2005 Ireland to become first digital cinema nation
Avica Europe has announced that the first of its countrywide digital cinema networks is now underway in Ireland, which will result in a groundbreaking nationwide conversion of Ireland's cinema screens

21/03/2005 Jeremy Lutterloch joins Imagineer Systems as Director of Sales
Imagineer Systems, developer of mokey and monet, has announced the appointment of Jeremy Lutterloch as Director of Sales. Lutterloch joins Imagineer from Quantel where he was Regional Sales Manager

21/03/2005 Mark Thompson announces plans for local television pilot in West Midlands
BBC Director-General Mark Thompson has outlined plans to pilot a new local television news service, designed to serve individual cities and counties across the UK. The trials will start in September

21/03/2005 NBD TV to offer Glastonbury highlights at MIP-TV
NBD TV, one of the UK's leading independent television distributors, will be offering highlights from Glastonbury 2005 to buyers at MIP-TV. Returning for its 35th year, this three-day musical event w

21/03/2005 Sally Caplan appointed new head of UK Film Council's Premiere Fund
Sally Caplan, President of Icon Film Distribution (IFD), has been appointed as the new Head of the UK Film Council’s Premiere Fund. Caplan will take up her position as Head of the £8 million-a-year p

21/03/2005 Scottish Media facing strike ballot
Bectu members working in Scottish and Grampian Television are to be balloted on industrial action in support of a pay claim. Ballot papers are due to be sent out after members voted to reject a 3% o

21/03/2005 Union welcomes Brown's film pledge
Chancellor Gordon Brown's budget plan to extend tax relief on low-budget films for another year has been welcomed by industry union Bectu. In his March 16 budget statement, Mr Brown announced that S

18/03/2005 Analytical software to help in battle against DVD piracy
Cutting edge analytical software is currently being installed by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) as the agency looks to increase its investigative capacities in the fight against increas

18/03/2005 Broadcast Centre hothouse blooms for UKTV Style Gardens playout
UKTV’s newest channel, UKTV Style Gardens, is the first UKTV channel to be played out from Broadcast Centre – one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in Europe. BBC Broadcast coordinated play

18/03/2005 Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund to launch lottery
The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) are launching a weekly lottery with a top prize of £450. According to the CTBF, the odds of winning are "better than good - for only £1 a week you gai

18/03/2005 eeZee tv goes to air with Eyeheight playout
A new satellite-based and point-of sale shopping channel, eeZee tv went to air on Tuesday March 1 using Eyeheight's playout master control system. A joint venture between John Mills Ltd and Kleeneze

18/03/2005 Eurovision winner Robe appointed as moving light supplier
Robe Show Lighting has been appointed the exclusive moving light supplier for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. The Czech Republic based manufacturer is providing 330 ColorSpot 1200 AT and ColorWash

18/03/2005 Fears over further job cuts at the BBC
On Wednesday it emerged that the BBC is apparently poised to cut another 1,500 jobs in a second swing of the axe. It is understood that the Corporation’s Governors have approved the further savage cu

18/03/2005 RaxX puts a new twist on 19-inch racking systems
Available from distributor MTR, RaxX is a new British-based rack mount system manufacturer with a fresh twist on the essential 19-inch racking. The RaxX system uses uprights that fix directly to a wa

18/03/2005 Vela to introduce premium quality HD decoder at NAB 2005
Celebrating over ten years of decoder and encoder product innovation and leadership, Emmy award-winner Vela is to introduce the broadcast quality CineView HD Pro decoder at NAB 2005. This innovative

16/03/2005 BBC Chairman to speak and take questions at VLV conference in London
BBC Chairman Michael Grade is to give the keynote speech and take questions in an interactive session at the Voice of the Listener and Viewer’s 22nd Annual Spring Conference, ‘Building Public Value in

16/03/2005 FilmLight expands US operations
FilmLight Ltd has announced that its Los Angeles office has expanded its operations and incorporated as FilmLight Digital Film Technology, Inc., a subsidiary of FilmLight Ltd to be the North American

16/03/2005 OmniBus names Joachim Bause Vice President of Sales for Europe
OmniBus Systems, the award-winning provider of comprehensive automation and content management solutions to the broadcast industry, has announced the appointment of industry expert Joachim Bause as th

16/03/2005 Pact and Bectu agree on pay rates rise in April
Bectu and Pact have agreed to a 3.86% increase in recommended minimum rates for film and TV freelance workers. The rise applies to all minimum rates in the union's agreement with the Producers Allian

16/03/2005 Pact welcomes extension of Film Tax relief
Pact has welcomed Chancellor Gordon Brown's announcement of an extension to Section 48 tax relief in today's budget statement. It extends the tax relief for low budget British films until at least Ma

16/03/2005 Quantel and DayPort announce partnership
Quantel has announced a partnership with DayPort, a leader in video streaming, workflow infrastructure and convergence technologies. DayPort will integrate its Carbon suite of products, including web

16/03/2005 The Hive completes ITV Boat Race promos
The Hive, part of full-service post-production facility VTR, has created three versions of a promo for ITV’s coverage of the annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities, to be held on t

16/03/2005 Union claims cuts mean more work for BBC staff
Many BBC employees who escape redundancy in the current round of cuts will have to pick up the work of others who leave, according to Bectu. At the first meeting to discuss almost 1,000 job cuts in

15/03/2005 Alias searches for next Maya Masters in 2005
Alias has announced that nominations for its 2005 Maya Masters will be accepted until Friday, March 18, 2005. Now in its fifth year, the Maya Masters programme recognises talented members of the com

15/03/2005 Belfast post facility makes ‘One Small Step’ with Magic Bullet Suite
Belfast-based production-house Streetmonkey used Magic Bullet Suite to put the finishing touches to the controversial commercial ‘One Small Step’. The project, conceived to combat intolerance in Nor