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The IBC Podcast

IBC Broadcast Media and Technology

Join IBC365 editor George Bevir for discussions with technologists, conversations with creatives and in-depth interviews with industry leaders. The IBC Podcast provides broadcast and media professionals with the inside track on the big issues facing the content and technology industry.

IBC Awards 2021: BBC Sport’s Barbara Slater and BBC R&D’s Hannes Ricklefs
Nov 25 2021
IBC Awards 2021: BBC Sport’s Barbara Slater and BBC R&D’s Hannes Ricklefs
Episode 13 of the IBC Podcast features interviews with Barbara Slater, BBC director of sport and the winner of the International Honour for Excellence and Hannes Ricklefs of BBC Research & Development, one of the authors of the Best Technical Paper. The IBC2021 International Honour for Excellence, IBC’s highest accolade, was presented to Barbara Slater, in recognition of her role as a pioneer for women in sports broadcasting worldwide.Barbara was appointed BBC Director of Sport in 2009, and one of her first challenges was to develop the remarkable multi-platform coverage of the 2012 London Olympics. Today, she works closely with other broadcasters and sports bodies, including advising the International Olympics Commission. In 2014 she was made an OBE for her services to sports broadcasting.The IBC2021 Award for Best Technical Paper was presented to a large team from BBC Research & Development, for their contribution Stronger together: cross-service media recommendations.As Hannes Ricklefs describes, the aim of the paper is to present consumers with a single portal to multiple media sites, with intelligent references between services. If a consumer frequently listens to a particular singer on Spotify, for example, the service would also send notifications when that performer is available on BBC radio and television content, available online.LinksIBC Awards Ceremony in fullIBC Digital video interview with Barbara SlaterIBC Digital video interview BBC R&D teamBBC R&D: Personal Data StoresMore on the IBC Awards via IBC365IBC Digital
NEP SVP Technology Scott Rothenberg, BBC Studioworks CEO Andrew Moultrie and IBC Accelerator: CG Animation
Aug 12 2020
NEP SVP Technology Scott Rothenberg, BBC Studioworks CEO Andrew Moultrie and IBC Accelerator: CG Animation
The latest episode of the IBC Podcast takes a look at the impact of coronavirus on production services, with NEP SVP technology and asset management Scott Rothenberg explaining what clients are now asking for, and why robust and fast connectivity is more important than ever. He also reveals what NEP has invested in during the pandemic."Some investments have been to do with conversion of control signals and video signals to IP; ways to get signals over the public internet in a reliable, fast matter. We’ve done that with a number of different vendors and we continue to look at different different options out there. We’ve also seen increased demand for small robotic cameras.”BBC Studioworks chief executive Andrew Moultrie speaks about the impact of Covid-19 and how BBC Studioworks is helping productions get up and running after the pandemic“Covid has provided a chance to review the supply chain and look at the approach to creating content. There’s a partnership between production companies and commissioners and facilities and operators, who all now have to work collectively in order to deliver the content in a safe way that’s Covid friendly.”And IBC Accelerator project lead Rafi Nizam and head of Sky’s XR Technology department Matt McCartney explain how the CG animation Accelerator could make the animation process more efficient and why it is focusing on the use of extended reality tools.
Sky Studios CEO Gary Davey, UKTV CTO Sinead Greenaway and IBC Accelerator: Live Content Moderation with Grant Totten and Ian McLaren
Jul 30 2020
Sky Studios CEO Gary Davey, UKTV CTO Sinead Greenaway and IBC Accelerator: Live Content Moderation with Grant Totten and Ian McLaren
Sky Studios CEO Gary DaveyUKTV chief technology and operations officer Sinead GreenawayIBC Accelerator: Live Content Moderation“We couldn’t see Covid coming - we had to shut down 29 productions and we’ve got nine back in production now, but we couldn’t have done it without a really sophisticated set of safety protocols.”On the second episode of the IBC Podcast, Sky Studios chief executive Gary Davey speaks about the impact of coronavirus on the Sky division’s production output. And while some productions have restarted, he explains how Sky Studios is braced for a second wave of coronavirus.“It’s been a really interesting exercise to rethink the editorial of a lot of the shows, especially the bigger shows. So for example, we've rethought the number of episodes and had a good look at the editorial to figure out, if there were another crisis, is there a way of managing the script in such a way that you could get out after only a few episodes?”And one of the most significant outcomes of the restrictions imposed following the spread of coronavirus has been in post-production, Davey said. “Out of necessity the whole industry has moved to remote editing and post-production, and it has worked brilliantly. As a result, I think that will become much more business as usual.” The issue of reacting to coronavirus and the lessons learnt because of the industry’s response to the pandemic is also a key theme of the interview with UKTV chief technology and operations officer Sinead Greenaway. She speaks about the need for resiliency and reassurance from suppliers, and about how the need for greater remote working has hastened the shift to the cloud. And we hear from two of the Champions leading an IBC Accelerator Live Content Moderation project, with Grant Totten from Al Jazeera and Ian McLaren from Thompson Reuters discussing the use of AI to ensure live content adheres to regulatory standards.