Event Type: 
Industry Event
Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:00 to Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 16:30
ExCeL London
One Western Gateway Royal Victoria Dock
E16 1XL London
United Kingdom
Event Details: 



BVE is the essential broadcast and production technology event, showcasing technologies and services for the production, management and broadcast of audio visual content -  

Completely free to attend, the show hosts over 15,000 industry professionals who attend to see the latest in broadcast and production technologies and gain insight from the comprehensive programme of expert-led seminar content.

Over 300 exhibitors will display a comprehensive mix of products and services for broadcast technology and creative content, covering all areas of the workflow. BVE is the largest UK event to showcase products and services for animation, media asset management, 4K, cloud, storage, finance, IPTV, Meta data, mobile TV, monitors, lighting and much, much more.

Around 40 SMPTE Sustaining members are exhibiting, and we thank the SMPTE members speaking: - Abigail Seager, Andrew Foster, Andy Wilson; Bruce Devlin, Bruce Kruger; John Dolin ; John Ive, John Ellerton, Kevin Burrows, Martin Parsons, Martyn Gates; Milan Krsljanin; Mark Jeavons, Peter Weitzel, Phil Tudor, Richard Bailey, Russell Trafford-Jones and Simon Gauntlett



ExCel  is adjacent to both Custom House and Prince Regent on the DLR - just Two stops from Canning Town Jubilee line
- and a short walk from the Emirates Airline.

There is ample car parking -  See How to get to ExCel


This is the first year that SMPTE is a sponsor of BVE   - confirming SMPTEs growing greater role in the Media technology / broadcast engineering industries in the UK

Over 40 SMPTE Sustaining  members are exhibiting at BVE drawn from the UK and around the world.

SMPTE is presenting two sessions on Student Day 26th February

In the Production Theatre  “Working harmoniously with technical teams to aid your production”  Slide pack
– a quick awareness to the production community of how the engineers and technologists can help things run smoothly

In the Broadcast Engineering & Workflow Theatre “I want to be a Broadcast Engineer! Get me into here!“ Slide pack

Using the advice from  the Graduate Initiative Panel, recent graduates and senior members of our industries answering questions and   guiding the most able Students into starting their  careers in our industries.  


Bruce Krueger Head of Broadcast Engineering at Sky – employing about 300 Broadcast engineers in a number of Roles

Abigail Seager - who is 6 months into her BBC Traineeship

Mark Jeavons - working with ATOS on Satellite Ops after a year working with GE Medical on IT  

Richard Bailey Tech Director Techex - a small firm where he has grown their technical expertise on graduates and Interns

Russell Trafford Jones – one of the people on our Graduate panel with a career across BBC, systems integration and Manufacturing – who employ those in their second or third Job.

Introduced by Peter Weitzel Hon sec SMPTE UK – who has had a long career in the “Projects” area of BBC and its commercial spin offs- and of mentoring Graduates for over 30 years  

Some points 

  • Abigail had not thought about going into Broadcasting – but she knew Physics was not “her thing” – and she was first aware of the BBC Scheme 18 months before she graduated - and in her final year it just became so obvious.
  • Mark decided that IT world was not for him and looked back to what he had enjoyed at Uni... And then looked and found Satellite ops and ATOS Training scheme – and as the work was not in London it suited him!
  • Mark’s Manager at ATOS pointed out from the audience that he expects his staff to have a broad awareness of what happened anywhere in the Broadcast workflow- not just the parts that ATOS does.....
  • Bruce pointed out that Broadcast engineers covers a lot of different areas – and with their being constant change as there had always been – people do change their areas of interests.
  • Russell pointed out how people change jobs and direction - that diagram in the slide back shows the entry points -= but you can then move across and in to many more roles than are shown as you discover them.
  • Richard mentioned that CV and letters need to be tailored to the company you are applying to – he needs to know why your feel you can make a difference to the company –
  • Bruce and Richard explained what you could get from a smaller company versus a larger one – but pointed out there are very few large companies in our industries.
  • Your interests are a part of the experience that you can offer – and actually by graduationyou can have a useful track record of achievements – and seeking to widen your experience in first few jobs – and doing things outside the job is good.

Many people started in audio and then moved to embrace video (actually half the panel!)
 And you do not need to have a degree in electrical engineering - But a good foundation in STEM Subjects and “media Tech” experience e.g. Sound, Lighting, Music, dramatics, Photography etc.  makes a lot of difference   in what is looked for -
One SMPTE Graduate has a degree in German but he was well involved in NaSTA and is now working in IT to develop his technical skills.....



SMPTE thanks the members who give up their time to the BVE Advisory Panel– Chris Johns (Sky)
Andy Beale (BT Sport) John Ive (IABM), Andy Wilson (BBC Academy) and Peter Weitzel (Hon sec)