BBC World News

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For South Africa and Australia specifications, please see the PDF.

BBC World News tape requirements

Format Standard Digital Betacam (PAL) 16:9 Full Height Anamorphic (with 4:3 safe graphics) NB: No High Definition
Line-up Requirements Start of tape 60 sec 75% colour bars 15-sec slate: Advertiser Name Product Title Tape Number (if applicable) Audio Type Spot Duration Record Date Aspect Ratio. The last 3 seconds of the VT clock must be mute and black onscreen. Commercial duration must be an exact multiple of 5 seconds
Timecodes All commercials should have continuous and matching LTC and VITC throughout the material. The VITC should be on lines 19 and 21 and field 2 lines 332 and 334 of the video signal. VITC on other lines is not compatible. First commercial on the tape should start at 10:00:00:00
Audio Commercials may be delivered with full final mix on tracks 1 and 2 (dual mono) or with stereo on tracks 1 and 2 (1=L, 2=R). Tracks 3 and 4 should be blank. Audio level should be –20 Dbfs for Digi Betas and +0 Db for Beta SP
Miscellaneous No restriction if multiple spots on one tape, but cue sheet must be included and there should be a 15-second slate before each spot. All tapes should be clearly labelled in English with advertiser name, product, commercial titles and lengths. Commercials to be played out on the Asia Pacific feed can only have English language
Rotation Instructions & Technical Enquiries BBC World Sales Operations London 
Tape delivery address

Robert Coombes, Sales Operations, Lower Ground Floor Zone C, Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane London W12 7FA
Email: Tel:+44 208 433 3040

Material deadline 5 working days prior to transmission (not editorially complied) 3 working days prior to transmission (editorially complied)
Commercial Tape Storage Tapes cannot be returned to clients. All tapes will be destroyed 6 months after final airing


BBC World News digital requirements

Format  MXF 50mb OP1a D10
Login and password Email: for details
Folder Incoming/BBC World News
File naming No spaces in title
Delivery 5 working days (not editorially complied) 2 working days (editorially complied)

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Downloadable forms and ratecard

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