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02/03/2011

Snell Drives Live News For BBC

One of the UK's largest systems integrators, dB Broadcast, has chosen the Snell Kahuna HD/SD multi-format production switchers as central components in the BBC's Broadcasting House redevelopment in central London, W1. Installed in each of the four largest studios in the W1 centre, the Kahunas will drive live news programs and support a seamless migration to HD operations for the world's largest broadcasting organisation.
Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director for dB Broadcast commented: "Within the W1 development, the BBC is creating a centralized focus for its national and international news operations that will bring the World Service and the domestic news service together on one site."
dB Broadcast is an expert in broadcast system design and installation from studio through to transmission and is one of the UK's largest independent systems integrators. 

Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology and provides broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions to create, better manage, and streamline the distribution of content for today's multi-screen world.
The newly developed Broadcasting House will host one of the world's largest newsrooms. The Kahunas will see heavy service in three fixed-rig studios and one flexible-rig studio, switching all incoming content and clips for the 24-hour World Service and News Channel broadcasts, but will still draw from many sources that exist in SD and other formats — thus making the Kahuna's multi-format capabilities crucial. In addition to the four Kahunas, the W1 campus will feature two Snell Sirius 850 1152x1152 routers.
According to Mark Gardner, sales director, Northern Europe and MEA at Snell: "At any one time, more than 10 million people across the UK will watch or listen to output from the new Broadcasting House, and every week at least 150 million people worldwide will tune into the World Service broadcasts.
"The fact that the BBC will be using both our switching and routing solutions for such a visible and influential project on the global broadcasting stage speaks volumes for the versatility and reliability of our products, and we are pleased to be involved at such an integral level."
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