BBC Launches Virtual Radio Station

British news station, BBC, unveiled their latest technology. This week the BBC for the first time launched a technology called Virtual Local Radio Station which is intended as an experiment to reduce the cost and time required to upgrade and run such a local radio station. In addition to reducing operating costs, the service is also able to improve the audio quality and the ability to share content every station with other stations.

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BBC Radio Station Virtual newly created as part of a project called Virtual Local BBC Radio (ViLoR) and was created by the BBC Technology department is collaborating with BBC Local Radio BBC Radio Northampton is set as the first location of a virtual radio station which will roll out the trial. In addition to these locations, there is BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Essex and BBC Three Counties Radio that will pilot the first.

This innovative approach led by Geoff Woolf and BBC Technology team based in the UK region, helping to solve the challenges BBC importantly, how is best to do a refresh of equipment and systems used by the BBC’s local radio station at 39 stations so that they can reach the end of life their natural technology. By updating the station using the traditional technology of this scale, in addition to expensive and slow, also will take 6-8 months per the station. However, the sharing of infrastructure and equipment at some sites, the BBC could substantially reduce the cost and time to refresh the station for 8 weeks. ViLoR itself is an excellent example of the BBC to take an iterative approach to implementing the latest technologies are complex and bring flexibility and efficiency as well as a number of potential advantages for the continuous and the BBC’s editorial staff extensively.

In a statement, the BBC said that for the presenters and production team, studios will be present as usual, but with the traditional study of the underlying equipment and infrastructure are moved to the center, divided at certain locations. The editorial team will have complete control over the play-out system and mixing desk, but the actual audio files are stored, streamed, dimix and processed in a separate data center in real time. And most importantly, this system is designed to ensure that only equipment that a centralized back-end so that the editorial and production team can continue to attend from the local community as they do today.