BBC Broadcasting House goes live with IPTV news bulletin
Published May 3 2012, 09:55 BST | By Andrew Laughlin
The BBC's Broadcasting House base in London used new IPTV broadcast technology for its first live TV output after a multi-million pound refurbishment.
Last night, BBC Russian's ten-minute news bulletin was broadcast live from the state-of-the-art studio space in New Broadcasting House to Russia's 24-hour IPTV channel Dozhd TV in Moscow.
This marks the corporation's first live news transmission produced and broadcast as an IPTV operation, said a press statement.
A team at technical service provider Celebro Media Networks developed and piloted the programme's format, training the BBC Russian editorial teams in the live gallery and TV workflows.
Calebro's lead IPTV consultant Wesley Dodd, who was in the gallery for the launch, said: "All the team worked so hard to bring us to this pioneering moment.
"It felt like a milestone in the history of broadcasting as we produced and delivered the live news bulletin as an IPTV operation from the BBC's new Broadcasting House for the first time."
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The BBC Russian news bulletins air in Russian from Monday to Friday at 4pm and 8pm Moscow time on the BBC's IPTV partner channel Dozhd TV, reaching a monthly online audience of over half a million people. They are also available to watch on bbcrussian.com.
Broadcasting House has now been completely reinvented, improving the facilities while also retaining many of the important historical elements of the building that was first used by the BBC on May 1, 1932, explained BBC head of history Robert Seatter in a blog post.
He said that staff from BBC World Service have already started moving into the new wing at Broadcasting House, and various News, Television and Radio (including BBC London) teams will move to the building "within a year or so".