BBC Studios and Post Production (S&PP) is to relocate its Digital Media Services department to a new permanent facility as part of the move brought about by the sale of Television Centre. The archiving, restoration and digital distribution operation handles audio requirements, including multichannel sound, through QC, restoration and file/tape based processing. Purpose-built premises (pictured) on the Odyssey Business Park in South Ruislip, west London are being fitted out from December until February 2012, ready for Digital Media Services to move in by the end of March. "We're delighted to be moving to a new permanent home," comments Clive Hodge, head of Digital Media Services at BBC S&PP. "With the accommodation and technical infrastructure designed for optimum handling of current and legacy film and tape formats and connectivity to link to customers, distributors and other BBC S&PP locations, this base will allow us to grow our range of media storage and content handling services." BBC S&PP's audio dubbing requirements are handled by its post-production division, which, along with the studios operation, is moving temporarily to the BBC Elstree and Elstree Studios sites while Television Centre is re-developed. A S&PP statement said there are "no plans for audio dubbing facilities at Odyssey Business Park as these will be offered by our Post Production division" and audio specifications for the programmes worked on by Digital Media Services would be handled through its QC, restoration and file and tape based facilities. "Should the opportunity arise in the future for dedicated, bespoke audio facilities at Odyssey, we would look to incorporate these into expansion space within our new facility." www.bbcstudiosandpostproduction.com
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