Sound Matters – BBC events

Sound Matters – BBC events

BBC Academy will be presenting a series of events around the UK to raise awareness of loudness and audibility issues in TV sound amongst BBC staff, indies, freelancers and external suppliers. The Sound Matters events are being held with the assistance of Creative Skillset, IABM, IPS and UK Screen Association and will offer two tracks: one aimed at producers and the other at creative technical operators. Each event will feature masterclasses...

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Peers warn of backlash fears over digital radio

The BBC website reports to day that House of  Lords Communications Committee  says there is “public confusion and industry uncertainty” over the future of FM radio. The Government has set a date of 2015 for the switch over of all mainstream radio stations to DAB yet people are still buying analog radios. Between 50 and 100 million analogue radios will become largely redundant after 2015 and around 20 million car radios will need...

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A Problem with Noise – Radio Four – 20th August

This sounds like a very interesting upcoming programme on Radio Four. A Problem with noise Thursday 20th August 21:00 on BBC Radio 4 Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson investigates the man-made noise pollution which is becoming increasingly invasive in our lives and in our environment, affecting both humans and wildlife. He explores what noise is, the impact of man-made noise and the possible long-term consequences if we don’t turn the...

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Digtal doesn’t neccessarily mean better…..

Digtal doesn’t neccessarily mean better…..

A lively debate can be heard on You and Yours (via Radio 4 listen again) discussing the switch to digital radio. That section of the programme starts at around 34 minutes in but the rest of the programme is also very interesting, discussing other digital issues. I think the government have this completely the wrong way round. National stations need FM, cheap for people to listen to wherever they are. Niche interest and ultra local stations...

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Chaos? – Government announces analogue switch off

Chaos? – Government announces analogue switch off

The End of an Era Not radio mics this time but something that is going to directly affect way more people. The Government has announced that all radio stations in the UK will be digital only by 2015. Most radios in the UK by far are analogue and they will all become pretty useless (in this country) in 2015 when the signal is switched off. Just think how much junk that is going to generate. I don’t know how many analogue radios there are...

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BBC launches probe to find out why so many of us can’t hear actors on TV

BBC launches probe to find out why so many of us can’t hear actors on TV

By Liz Thomas Viewers are turning off modern television shows because background noise and music are drowning out voices.Hit programmes including Panorama, Ashes to Ashes, Newsnight, Waking the Dead and Mistresses have all come under fire from viewers unable to hear what is being said.Now the BBC is backing a major study into the problem of ‘ambient sound’ after pressure from influential lobby group Voice of the Listener and Viewer....

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