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06/12/2004

Channel Five trusts BBC Broadcast with level one disaster recovery

BBC Broadcast has signed a five year contract to provide Five with level one disaster recovery.
From January 2005, the Broadcast Centre will be the first port of call in the event of a disaster, and will provide the capability to playout Five’s services to all platforms straight away.
BBC Broadcast has provided Five’s phase two disaster recovery since July 2003, and this agreement now makes the Broadcast Centre the first alternative for Five should something happen to their existing playout facility.
The Broadcast Centre, BBC Broadcast’s headquarters in London W12, is the most advanced and resilient playout facility in Europe. With diverse power supplies and state-of-the-art construction, it also has the capability to manage activities remotely, storing content on multiple back-up servers. BBC Broadcast is currently migrating all 51 channels and interactive streams from Television Centre to the Broadcast Centre, which includes all the BBC Television channels, BBC Prime, BBC World and the Community Channel.
"The Broadcast Centre is one of the safest and resilient places in the UK. This agreement with Five reflects their confidence in our ability to provide a highly reliable disaster recovery service for their complex channel, reacting quickly to schedule changes, related advertisement issues and encompassing regional and live feeds," said John Pink, Director of Marketing, Sales and Client Services, BBC Broadcast.
David Burge, Controller of Broadcast Services for Five, said: "It is essential that Five has reliable contingencies in place to minimise any impact on our viewers and advertisers.
"By moving our primary disaster recovery to BBC Broadcast we can achieve the level of resilience we require."
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