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The BBC Installing IBM Digital Radio Broadcasting Systems in 26 English Local Radio Station in Great Britain

IBM's RadioMan Chosen for the World's Largest Decentralized Digital Radio Install

NAB, Las Vegas - 25 Apr 2001: IBM announced today that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has selected the IBM and Jutel digital radio broadcasting system -- RadioMan, for installation at 26 BBC local English radio stations. In addition to RadioMan radio station technology, IBM Netfinity servers and Intellistations will be incorporated into the £4.5m contract. This project will create the world's largest decentralized computer assisted radio system, consisting of over 1000 workstations nationwide.

The BBC selected the IBM and Jutel partnership after an exhaustive analysis of systems and offers through the European Union procurement procedures. RadioMan offers the potential of future development using a WAN based network. This would enable remote connections, effective material exchange and re-use between all the stations. Users could by sharing information across the LAN, but ISDN links and analog circuits would continue to be used.

"This is a major improvement in broadcasting for the local radio stations. It's great news that the stations which were relying on old technology, are being brought into the digital age, and even better news that Radio Cornwall is among the first," says Radio Cornwall's managing editor Pauline Causey. "The agreement has been warmly welcomed among the local radio station personnel, and the technology will make day-to-day radio programming much easier."

Installation of RadioMan technology is slated for completion early in 2002. To date, Jutel and IBM have implemented the RadioMan solution at BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Latin Services (part of the World Service operation) and BBC Radio 1 Urban Network. Most recently, the first phase of a Network Audio System for the whole of BBC Wales has been completed.

"IBM remains committed to bringing best-of-breed technological solutions to broadcasters, both radio and television, that improve workflows, increase efficiencies, and ultimately impact bottom lines," remarked Steve Canepa, vice president at IBM.

Contact(s) information

Lesia Figueira
IBM Media Relations
(914) 642-4880
figueira@us.ibm.com

Simon Channon
BBC Birmingham
+44 (0) 121-432-8600
simon.channon@bbc.co.uk

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