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March 2012 l 35 broadcast UNITED KINGDOM /WORLD World Service on the move at 80 By Kevin Hilton

THE BBCWorld Service celebrates its 80th birthday this year, an anniversary that coincides with its radio and television channels moving into new purpose-built facilities that form part of the rebuilt Broadcasting House (BH) W1 project in central London. The first broadcast from the

World Service studios at BH, a Burmese Service programme, went out at 1.45pm on Sunday 11 March. The transfer of operations from Bush House, which had been the World Service’s home since 1941, have been organised on a staggered basis and are due to be completed by the end of March.The move was brought about because the BBC’s lease on Bush House runs out at the end of 2012. “The move back to

Broadcasting House and into a new state-of-the-art newsroom provides important creative opportunities for our international services,” explains Peter Horrocks, director of the BBC World Service. “It’s also a genuine chance to bring the World Service’s expertise to a wider UK audience and further enhance the tone and range of the BBC’s international coverage.”

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The New Broadcasting House in W1...

The BBC World Service went on air as the Empire Service in December 1932 and was renamed the General Overseas Service in 1939 before being given its present name. The radio studios at Bush House have been upgraded over the years, most recently with the creation of the glass ‘boxes’ designed by Andy Munro. There will be 18 of these studio areas over two floors at BH, running on VCS automation and Studer OnAir 3000 mixing consoles. This equipment has been installed by system integrator IPE Systems, which also worked on the radio installation for BBC North at Salford Quays. A major part of the

migration from Bush House to ...a far cry from the Bush House Canteen of 1959!

BH has focused on the scheduling system, which is based on Pharos software. Nigel Fry, head of distribution at BBC Global News, says the transition has been phased to “minimise the amount of change”.

A more recent aspect of the

BBC World Service is its TV arm, which will now also be based at BH. These facilities have been built by dB Broadcast; audio includes a Studer console and Delec talkback. For the latest broadcast news


NETIA has announced that public national broadcaster Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) is upgrading to its Radio-Assist 8 range of digital audio automation software, delivered by Belgian systems integrator Studiotech. The added functionality and scalability of Radio-Assist 8 will enable CRTV to support both national and regional broadcast channels, to improve production and delivery of quality audio content, and ultimately help the broadcaster to increase its listening audience, says NETIA.

China’s NBTV has installed five Jünger Audio D*AP LM4 four- channel digital audio processors to tackle loudness control across all of its television channels. Shi- Song Wu, director of NBTV’s Technical Center, commented: “We installed five D*AP LM4 units in time for the recent Chinese New Year celebrations. Their performance has been great and we are very impressed with their ability to accurately control audio loudness. The combination of German reliability and precision engineering were also key factors in our decision to invest.”

Lawo has published software version 4.16 for the mc² series of mixing consoles. After the v4.16 software installation, DSP boards will offer 96 channels instead of the previous 48 channels. Lawo has also developed Broadcast Channels that offer a feature set adapted for broadcast applications, using a simplified signal flow. The software update –which supports the new DALLIS mic card – is available via the Lawo download centre.

RMC (the former Radio Monte Carlo) has added a pair of Harman Studer OnAir 3000 digital broadcast consoles to its studio production facilities in Paris – configured and supplied by the broadcast division of Audiopole, Studer’s French distributors.

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