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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE Teleprompting CueScript has launched CS CueNumber, a double digit cue light for its CSM line of prompting products. Making its debut at BVE in London last month the new CS CueNumber offers the option of having the studio’s prefix or camera identification number past 9. The units feature bright green LED lights with adjustable brightness. This allows the CueNumber to be adapted to a variety of productions, from an evening newscast to a light entertainment program. The CS CueNumber is available as an accessory with each CSM Prompter Monitor, simply requiring a single USB cable to power the CS CueNumber and ensemble the tally signal controls. Video Tape Sony has announced that it is to strengthen its Video Tape Recording (VTR) refurbishment programme at the company’s European factory in Pencoed, Wales, which will run until 2023. Encompassing video tape recorders, cameras and players, the bolstered service is said to underline Sony’s guarantee to customers who continue to use tape-based equipment. As revealed in October, Sony will discontinue the sale of its ½ inch VTRs, camcorders and players by March 2016. Oliver Bovis, head of marketing AV media, Sony Professional, Sony Europe said: “The strengthening of our refurbishment service underlines Sony’s commitment to those customers who continue to use VTR technology. Given the widespread use of the VTR series, we want to ensure our current technology continues to deliver the high quality Sony is known for, whilst also remaining committed to enhancing content management with further technology developments.” Equipment Rental Presteigne Broadcast Hire has appointed Neil Coles as its sales manager. Working for the past three years as a business development consultant, Coles’ sales career has also taken him to post house Prime Focus, fixed-rig specialist Roll to Record and the Pinewood Studios Group where he was primarily responsible for the light entertainment television studios at the now defunct Teddington Studios. “Production companies and their facilities are under tremendous pressure at the moment,” said Coles. “On one side they need to produce more content on ever-tighter budgets and with ever-increasing audience expectations. And on the other, there is a continuous stream of new technologies, and judging when best to go for them is not easy. I see my role at Presteigne as being the bridge between the two.” Presteigne chief executive Mike Ransome added: “Following on from the appointment of David O’Carroll has head of technology, the two will work on explaining and implementing new technologies and our systems and projects capabilities, as well as ensuring that every client gets precisely the equipment they need, when they need it.” 14 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 99 MARCH 2015