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27/06/2008

HD For Al Jazeera Kids TV

Arqiva has announced it has provided the HD (high definition) technology used to capture an innovative new pre-school TV show, 'Baaas'.
A joint production between Al Jazeera Children's Channel and S4C made by Cynhyrchiadau Ceidiog Creations, it has a multiracial theme and centres on an extended family of puppet sheep.
For S4C this is their first children's programme to be made in HD, and for Al Jazeera Children's Channel their first co-production with any company in the UK.
The 52-episode programme is being shot over seven weeks in Llanelli, Wales. Arqiva has provided one of its HD Outside Broadcast trucks, deploying four HD cameras and four HD camera VTRs.
On-site HD technical support is also being provided by Arqiva. 'Baaas' will initially be launched on S4C in October 2008 and then across 20 Arabic countries on the pan-arabic Al Jazeera Children’s channel in January 2009.
Arshad Rasul, Director of Broadcast and Distribution at S4C, said: "S4C has a longstanding relationship with Arqiva in several technology areas, and so we are confident the technology is in capable hands.
"His has had the great benefit of allowing everyone to focus on the creative content of the programme."
Nia Ceidiog Managing Director and Producer for Cynhyrchiadau Ceidiog Creations added: "Arqiva's Outside Broadcast facilities have been able to provide us with all the HD technology we need. We greatly appreciate the HD technical expertise Arqiva has brought to the project: Their 'can do' attitude is very much in keeping with the spirit of the programme."
Michael Bass, Managing Director of Outside Broadcasts at Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions, commented: "With HD fast becoming the standard for global tape distribution it is important that smaller production companies have the foresight to use HD in order to ensure maximum reach and longevity for their programmes.
"We are delighted to be involved in this exciting new production which helps demonstrate the widening appeal of HD television."
(BMcC)
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