ATG Broadcast has completed relocation of the BBC Academy's central London production training studio from Marylebone to White City. The project included the installation and commissioning of a Media Gallery control room and studio floor including traditional tape-based equipment as well as the most up-to-date file-based technology.
"Moving the Marylebone facility to White City forms part of the integration of the BBC's technical training activities into a College of Production which will operate in conjunction with the College of Journalism and the College of Leadership and Management," comments Nick Hall, Technical Services Manager at the BBC Academy. "The new site has the advantage of being close to BBC Television Centre and adjacent to Media Village. It can operate in conjunction with the BBC's engineering training facilities at Wood Norton."
"The BBC Academy project was completed during the college vacation in time for the start of the 2009-10 semester," adds ATG Broadcast Managing Director Guy Elliott. "We partnered with Overbury, an office design specialist with a long history of media-related work for clients such as BBC Worldwide, BSkyB, Guardian News & Media, and Google."
The control gallery centres on an 11-bay production desk and a 3 metre wide sound desk, both of which were pre-installed at ATG Broadcast's Letchworth premises. The desks (Module-R) themselves and Media Wall are from Custom Consoles. The equipment inventory includes a For-A HVS-3800HS vision mixer, a four-camera camera control unit, ETC Congo lighting controller, a large number of JVC and Marshall widescreen picture monitors, Ergotron monitor arms, Autocue teleprompter, Trilogy comms, ATG Broadcast Krone frame and wallboxes, AJA and Leitch interfaces, Soundcraft K1 audio mixer, audio induction loop and an audio-control monitor trolley.
Formerly BBC Training & Development, the BBC Academy works with Skillset (the government-licensed UK-wide Sector Skills Council for the audiovisual industries) to offer subsidised training to the UK freelance community. The BBC Academy offers a complete portfolio of courses and development opportunities to individuals and organisations worldwide. It also offers an end-to-end service from training needs analysis to evaluation. Its range of subjects include camera skills, directing, editing, graphics, interactive-television, lighting, location production, post-production, sound, studio production, vision mixing, web design and writing.
ATG Broadcast, part of Dan Technologies' Systems Integration Division, is an international systems integrator and a world-class supplier of broadcast systems planning, design, installation and commissioning services. Clients include some of the world's largest broadcast networks and embrace the latest server-based digital technology. The Systems Integration Division of Dan Technologies (ATG Broadcast, Danmon Systems Group and Hiltron Communications) has more than 50 people operating internationally from offices in Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
Accompanying 300 DPI JPEG image shows the Media Gallery control room installed by ATG Broadcast for the BBC Academy in White City.