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Sky News joins IT Workflow

26 October 2010
Sky News joins IT Workflow

Bevan Gibson, deputy head of Technology at Sky News is the latest speaker to join TVBEurope’s IT Broadcast Workflow conference at BAFTA November 30, writes Fergal Ringrose.
The IT Broadcast Workflow conference is a unique opportunity to learn from a variety of European broadcasters how they have incorporated file-based operation into their businesses across the chain, from ingest to delivery. There is no other broadcasting infrastructure case-study event like this in the international calendar.
After the successful HD broadcast on the Sky Satellite platform and the HD online streaming of Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, there was a collective view at Sky News to launch a permanent HD news channel. At 9pm on Thursday 6 May, in time for the 2010 UK General Election results, Sky News HD was launched. That evening, it became the first UK news channel to broadcast in HD.
To provide HD broadcasts, Sky News needed to introduce new technology at its headquarters in West London and upgrade its Central London studio as well as several bureaux both in the UK and around the world. The project required a set-up in which the entire production workflow, from field to playout, is in full HD and based on tapeless technology including central storage and media content management.
Sky News’ Bevan Gibson will outline Sky News’ original technical and production requirements; the advantages of going tapeless; and plans for the future at Europe’s leading private broadcaster.

RTL join the programme
With programmes including Pop Idol, Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor to its credit — as well as 42 TV channels and 32 radio stations — RTL Group is one of the world’s leading producers of television content, and Europe’s second largest broadcaster. Its channels are watched by over 200 million viewers every day.
The IT Broadcast Workflow will see a two-part presentation from RTL-TVI Technical Director, Thierry Piette, and Marquis Broadcast Technology Director, Granby Patrick. RTL-TVI Belgium is using system interoperability software to create fast, seamless broadcasting and post production workflows in its head office in Brussels
Learn how media files from multiple sources move between different production platforms without file compatibility problems. Learn how to automate everyday production and broadcast processes to maximise workflow efficiencies.
Discover the simple steps taken to employ customised interoperability software to bridge the gap between production environments and in-house media asset management systems. And discover the benefits that can be achieved through correct metadata management, including metadata tracking, and the additional value it brings to content repurposing and media archiving processes.

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