Kevin Hilton began his journalism career in radio and counts among his few sport reports a piece in the early 1980s about the now English Championship league football club Plymouth Argyle. Moving into magazine work during the mid-1980s Hilton freelanced for a number of video software and music titles before becoming staff writer on Pro Sound News Europe. He later moved on to Broadcast Systems International before taking over the editor's position at Sound & Communications Systems. He went freelance again in 1993 and has written for a range of technology, broadcast and home cinema publications, including Television Broadcast Europe, Flipside, Focus, the Guardian newspaper, Audio Media and Pro Sound News. Hilton became's Europe correspondent/editor in 2006 and while still not an ardent sports fan he finds some fascination in listening to people taking time out of their Saturday evenings to argue about football on BBC Radio Five Live.

Recent Posts by Kevin Hilton, European Correspondent

New Technology Promises 5.1 Surround at Low Bitrates

Surround sound is increasingly a part of sports broadcasting, and a new technology developed by German research institute Fraunhofer IIS could bring 5.1 capability at low bitrates to digital TV, terrestrial and Internet radio, and IPTV services. Running at stereo-coding levels, MPEG Surround (MPS) was standardised two years ago. Consumers will be able to use […]  More

Sky Sports’ Harlequin 1 Facilities To Be Tapeless; MediaCityUK Set To Open Two HD/5.1 Studios

More details are emerging on the two major UK broadcast centres due to go into operation next year. Sky Sports has selected EVS technology as part of the tapeless production chain for its facilities in the Harlequin 1 complex in west London, while two of the seven HD/5.1 studios under construction at MediaCityUK in Salford […]  More

MOOV Graphics Give a Boost to BBC Coverage of Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games in New Delhi concluded last night, with the controversy over the readiness of the stadia and facilities overshadowing many of the technical and athletic achievements. But the BBC, for one, came out of the Games for the better, thanks to graphics sequences used during its coverage. Created by broadcast specialist MOOV on […]  More

Commonwealth Games Up and Off Despite Challenges

The XIX Commonwealth Games (CWG) are into their second day in Delhi, India, after opening on Sunday Oct. 3 with the now obligatory “spectacular” Opening Ceremony broadcast live in high definition. The 17 events that will be seen over the next week and a half are being transmitted in 1080i by host broadcaster Doordarshan using […]  More

BSkyB Launches 3D for the Home With Ryder Cup Coverage

Television in the UK has “changed forever,” said BSkyB in introducing 3D for the home. The satellite broadcaster’s new stereoscopic channel builds on services that have been available in more than 1,500 pubs and clubs since April. The launch coincided with the Ryder Cup competition, and Sky reportedly sent all its 3D facilities to Celtic […]  More

Systems Integrator Megahertz Acquired by KIT Digital

UK-based Megahertz appeared at IBC 2010 under new ownership. The OB-truck and broadcast-studio integrator is now part of KIT digital, the Czech IP video developer. KIT digital bought all MHz assets from Canadian broadcast-design and integration group AZCAR for $2.7 million in net cash and “certain stock-based management-incentive agreements.” MHz will continue to operate from […]  More

TSL Intros SUV-Size Production Vehicle at IBC 2010

Over the past couple of years, IBC has showcased a new breed of smaller production vehicle, offering IP and satellite uplinking for budget-conscious OB operations. The latest was launched at this year’s show by UK specialist manufacturer and systems integrator TSL, drawing on both sides of its business. TSL has built many OB trucks for […]  More

IBC 2010: EBU Intros Recommendations on Loudness

“Today, we can declare victory over loudness!” That was how Dr. Hans Hoffmann of EBU Technical, speaking at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam, introduced the new recommendations for dealing with the old problem of one programme’s being louder than another. The core R128 recommendation and the four technical documents that support it were developed by the […]  More

At IBC 2010, Calrec and ATG Broadcast Reveal Their Efforts on Sky’s Harlequin 1

Talk of new broadcast centres being built is always encouraging at trade shows, and the progress of Sky’s Harlequin 1 centre was common gossip round IBC 2010 in Amsterdam last week. Calrec Audio and systems integrator ATG Broadcast are two companies fortunate enough to have got past the nondisclosure agreements so that they could announce […]  More

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