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always try not to turn this column into ‘Jenny’s rant of the month’ but this month I’m going to have to change that. For those of a nervous Brexit disposition please look away now. I always expected to be writing a farewell to Europe this month but with the ongoing farce in both Westminster and Brussels that’s gone out the window. To be honest, by the time you read this everything could have changed again! The sad thing is that while politicians have been fixating on the backstop etc there remains major parts of the deal that have still not been clarified. Everyone working in

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production to engineering to the technology employed when it comes to dealing with both breaking news and outside broadcasting (which can’t have been fun in London in February and March). Of course if this was all happening in 18 months time (and it could still be) would the arrival of 5G make producing those OBs easier for broadcasters? Would College Green still be strewn with hastily put together platforms with more cameras stationed inside the Lobby? Or could newsrooms send down just the one camera that can roam around with the presenter or journalist? If it’s a good

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the media and technology industries knows that the issues over freedom of movement of both people and goods are going to hugely impact our business. But what will it mean for productions in the UK? For Brits attending IBC? There are still so many unanswered questions. I will allow there are some positives to this mess - and that’s been the fantastic live coverage offered by broadcasters. I’ve watched coverage from the UK, Europe and US over the past few weeks as the House of Commons has voted on one amendment or another. What that has shown me once again is the expertise within our industry from

enough scenario for sports broadcasting then why not news as well? You might have guessed that 5G is our focus for this issue. We speak to the EBU, EE and the BBC in an effort to understand its impact across the telco and broadcast industries. Plus, if you’re heading to Las Vegas in April, we’re delighted to to include a chat with NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith about this year’s show, and a look forward to 2020. Maybe Brexit will be sorted out by then… n

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TVB Europe 63 April 2019  

Get ready, coz here is come - 5G

TVB Europe 63 April 2019  

Get ready, coz here is come - 5G