News Production & Post

BBC World Service uses Pilat to manage delivery streams

5 March 2012

The BBC World Service has added the distribution management module to its installation of the Pilat Media Integrated Broadcast Management System (IBMS). The new module plans the scheduling and distribution of radio programmes over the network’s multiple delivery platforms. BBC World Service provides content to approximately 1500 outlets worldwide. They are served by 250 distributed streams derived from 45 individual programme streams, each the equivalent of a distinct radio channel. In 2005 BBC World Service chose IBMS to manage the complex task of scheduling the individual programme streams, taking into account different regional and national requirements as well as time zone differences and delivery methods. The latest phase adds sophisticated bandwidth management capabilities to make best use of the distribution network. This becomes particularly crucial when late changes need to be made to a schedule and planners need to understand and control how the signal is routed from studio to listener, while seeing the effect such changes may have on other streams sharing the available bandwidth. The IBMS distribution management module also provides the means to understand the effect of introducing new programming content, and extending or reducing coverage rapidly to cater for planned and unplanned events that require a realignment of distribution. “For several years, IBMS has been a fundamental part of our operation,” said Nigel Fry, head of distribution for BBC Global News. “Now, with the implementation of the distribution management module, we are gaining a better understanding of how our programming can be more efficiently extended to all distribution outlets.”


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