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BBC starts up MCUK operations

The BBC has finalised its much discussed and anticipated move to MediaCityUK (MCUK) in Salford, with the commercial studios centre housing HD/5.1 facilities that will be used by the public broadcaster signed off and handed over at the end of July, writes Kevin Hilton.

The BBC has finalised its much discussed and anticipated move to MediaCityUK (MCUK) in Salford, with the commercial studios centre housing HD/5.1 facilities that will be used by the public broadcaster signed off and handed over at the end of July, writes Kevin Hilton. MCUK (an artist’s view pictured) is operated by Peel Media, with satellite uplink and sports information provider SIS running the studios, production, post-production, and technical services. The former docklands site is also home to local radio and parts of BBC Audio and Music, which were housed at the now closed BBC New Broadcasting House on Oxford Road in Manchester city centre. The studios complex comprises a number of blocks, each with a specific purpose. Block D is the commercial studios centre, although many of the seven HD/5.1 studios will be used by the BBC. TSL was lead integrator on this, installing Calrec Apollo desks into Studios A and B, with an Artemis in E and a Yamaha DM1000 for F. The installation was designed to give full flexibility, with any studio able to work with any gallery. Also in Block D are the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording and rehearsal room and a multi-purpose audio studio, which has also been designed for drama production. Both have Studer Vista 9 consoles and were built by IPE working with acoustic consultants Sandy Brown Associates. Blocks B and C house studios for Radio Five Live, parts of Audio and Music, Sport and Children’s. Facilities include DJ studios, a general purpose news studio and TV sound stages. IPE again worked on the radio facilities, installing Studer OnAir 3000s and VCS automation, while Dega Broadcast Systems handled the TV equipment, including Calrec and Yamaha consoles. A Stagetec Nexus router, supplied by Aspen Media, is being used to distribute audio throughout these buildings. www.mediacityuk.co.uk

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