BBC selects Ericsson for playout deal

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 01 July 2015

The BBC has awarded Ericsson a seven-year contract for playout and media management services for its UK channels and Red Button service, and BBC World News.

The technology deal will ensure the linear delivery of BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC to UK audiences, as well as the 200 countries that show the BBC's commercially-funded international channel BBC World News.

"This is a very good outcome for the BBC which meets all our objectives guaranteeing quality, flexibility and innovation in a commercial deal which provides excellent value for money," said Bal Samra, managing director at BBC Television. "By extending our partnership with Ericsson we have secured the future delivery of these broadcast-critical services and delivered significant savings for the BBC."

Thorsten Sauer, head of broadcast and media services, Ericsson, added: "We are proud that the BBC has selected Ericsson as its playout partner of choice. The BBC is one of the world's premier broadcasters and drives innovation in the industry. This continued partnership is very important for our business and demonstrates both our technical innovation and the quality and expertise of our people and our operations in managing highly complex and dynamic media operations."

Prior to the playout deal, Ericsson provided a number of broadcast and media services to the BBC including metadata, interactive services and access services.

Ericsson acquired London-based media services company Red Bee Media in May 2014, which counted BBC, BSkyB, BT Sport, Canal Digital, Channel 4, EE, UKTV, UPC and Virgin Media among its clients.