HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- March 12, 2008 -- Channel 4, a major public television channel serving all areas of the U.K., has expanded its implementation of ScheduALL operations management to streamline all satellite bookings, feeds, and shift planning for the channel's live broadcasts.
ScheduALL is a complete operations management solution designed to meet the fast-paced resource scheduling and business needs of broadcast, postproduction, and production industries. At Channel 4, ScheduALL is replacing a paper-based process for line feeds and satellite bookings that required engineers to enter data manually into spreadsheets, risking errors and duplication of work.
Now, ScheduALL provides an end-to-end management system to automate all of Channel 4's incoming and outgoing line feeds and satellite downlinks. The system automatically books and confirms satellite time, books and schedules production rooms and other resources, and coordinates personnel and equipment for live programming.
"With live transmissions, there's no room for error. All components must be carefully scheduled and coordinated without duplicating effort, and it's very easy for small details to fall through the cracks," said Jeff Booth, program operations manager for Channel 4. "ScheduALL has transformed our business and brought about vast improvements in our ability to operate efficiently and cost-effectively. It's enabled our line coordinators to work more productively and has freed them to concentrate on the technical aspects of getting programs onto the air, rather than having to focus on logistical details."
More information about ScheduALL and its software solutions is available online at www.scheduall.com.
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About Channel 4
Channel 4 is a public-service television station that broadcasts in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. Channel 4 transmits throughout the U.K., except some parts of Wales, which are covered by the Welsh-language channel S4C. It is available on all digital platforms (terrestrial, satellite, and cable) as well as through traditional analog transmission. Though commercially self-funded, Channel 4 is publicly owned and operated by the Channel Four Television Corporation established in 1990.
Channel 4 also operates a number of other services, including the free-to-air digital TV channels E4, More4 and Film4, and an ever-growing range of online activities at channel4.com, including the broadband service FourDocs and Channel 4's bespoke video-on-demand service 4oD. The Film4 production division produces and coproduces feature films for the U.K. and global markets. More information is available at www.channel4.co.uk.
ScheduALL is the leading provider of enterprise resource management (ERM) software for the broadcast and media industry. With more than 1,200 worldwide clients within broadcast, satellite, and production facilities, ScheduALL is clearly recognized as the partner of choice for operational management software solutions. ScheduALL's software offers comprehensive workflow and resource management capabilities that enable clients to optimize personnel, resources, and bandwidth utilization in a way that directly translates into increased productivity and ROI. ScheduALL's modular approach and scalable product sets provide a collaborative platform for users in the broadcast, production, post-production, satellite/network transmission, and newsroom environments. ScheduALL clients include BBC, Fox News Network, The Associated Press, IntelSat, Turner Studios, Mediaset, CBC, ABC Australia, RTL, and NewSkies Satellites. More information is available at www.scheduall.com.