Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 18:00 to 21:00
BT Tower
45 Maple Street
W1T 4JZ London
Event Details: 

The flexibility of modern IP networks enables broadcasters to remotely produce broadcast events in ways that were unimaginable even ten years ago.
But this flexibility means that there are many interpretations of the term ‘remote production’,as well as many technical solutions to achieving it.

John Ellerton (BT Media and Broadcast) and Ed Calverly Suitcase TV) will present two contrasting interpretations and solutions, both of which are in real broadcast use.~
We will then have an open discussion about what remote production means, and the emerging technologies in this space, together with the standards that support them.

John will talk about the immense scale of optical networks now being built by the telecoms industry, and how this can provide broadcasters with an affordable way of transporting multiple simultaneous uncompressed video signals.

In the UK, BT has built several long distance networks using these technologies, and broadcasters are reaping the benefits.

John will share experiences of building and running these networks, and what they mean for remote production.

Ed looks at ths situation for viewers  who demand more variety and broadcasters seeking ways to satisfy them often end up with connections that are less than ideal that John desicrbes .
Similarly, whilst the costs of networking hardware is coming down the reality
is low-cost gigabit switches sometimes have to be used.
Ed will discuss his experiences and explain some of the pitfalls


John Ellerton – Head of Media Futures, BT Media & Broadcast

An alumni of Salford University in the UK and École Centrale de Lyon in France,
John has since gained 20 years’ experience creating specialist network and workflow solutions
for broadcasters and media companies worldwide. He now leads BT M&B’s future thinking
in broadcast and media services, which includes next-generation networks and cloud-based
production services as well as UHD TV.
John leads BT’s corporate sustaining membership of SMPTE.

Ed Calverley – Product Director, Suitcase TV

Ed Calverley is no stranger to change; Joining the BBC in 1999 as a Project Manager,
he oversaw the digitisation of a number of playout services.
While at OmniBus (later acquired by Miranda, now Grass Valley) he was involved in the
implementationof a number of large automation, newsroom, and MAM installations
before becoming a key player in the delivery and product management for the new iTX platform
which brought about the 'channel-in-a-box' revolution in playout.
Now at Suitcase TV, Ed continues to embrace new ways of using emerging technologies
to empower the next revolution.

Our Venue

We thank BT Media and Broadcast for providing the venue and ample refreshments

We will be entering BT Tower by the main public entrance in Maple Sreet

 We look forward to welcoming you to the BT Tower
and would like to draw your attention to the following security arrangements.

On arrival at the BT Tower you will need to produce a form of official, photographic identification
in addition to your invitation:

  • New style driving licence
  • Photo credit card
  • Passport
  • Official company pass
  • Student University Photocard

Business and Travel cards are not acceptable.

On arrival at BT Tower main entrance you will pass through an airport style security check.
prior to entry into the building, this includes walk-through metal detecting arches
and a 3D x-ray baggage scanner.


BT Tower lies between 4 tube stations about 8-15 mins walk away with
Euston, Kings Cross, St.Pancras main railway stations situated East of BT Tower
within 20 mins walking distance -head to Euston and then beyond to Warren St Tube Station

 Great Portland Street  Circle, Hammersmith & City Metropolitan is the nearest - exit the station -  
head East along Euston Road one block to BBC Grafton House (which has strange Concrete finish)
turn right down Cleveland Street  until you come to the Clipstone St.  / Maple St. junction
– beware of traffic and cyclists from the right - Turn Left along Maple Street to the Entrance
just before the alley.

Warren Street Victoria and Northern Line   exit the station into Tottenham Court Road walk south –
take the Third Right into Maple Street walk against the direction of traffic to the Entrance
which is just after an alleyway

Goodge Street   Northern Line - turn left out of the station and walk North up Tottenham Court Road –
Turn Third Left into Maple street and walk against the direction of traffic to the Entrance
which is just after an alleyway

Oxford Circus  Central  Victoria and Bakerloo line  Walk up Regent street , into the BBC open space –
turn Right under  the Peel wing to Langham Street which then becomes Foley Street  - 
go to the end of the street and then turn Left into  Cleveland Street at the Clipstone St. /Maple Street
junction turn Right to the entrance just before the alley.

Tottenham Court Road   Exit the station  onto Oxford  Street West/ South
 -  walk along Oxford Street  westwards  turn second Right  into Rathbone Place
(Soho St is its southern extension)   at the top of Rathbone Place right and left into Charlotte Street
to continue northwards until you meet Maple Street( traffic and cyclists  coming from the left)
– turn left to the Entrance which is just after an alleyway