ATG Broadcast has helped to deliver a major upgrade of Studio Three at Television Centre for BBC Studios and Post Production.

Studio Three is being converted from standard definition to 1080-50p HD and will become the fifth permanent HD studio at Television Centre, as reported in Broadcast at the end of last month.

“This project is comparable with the Studio Six upgrade which we completed at Television Centre in September 2010,” said ATG Broadcast managing director Graham Day.

“A crucial element of both operations was the need to install, fully test and commission the system in August when the studio’s activity is lighter than during the rest of the year. Work on the new infrastructure commenced 23 July for scheduled completion in early September.” 

The upgraded system will be fully equipped for 3 gigabit/s HD-SDI operation while the main vision mixer will have fibre-optic feeds from Sony HDC 1500 cameras.

Other kit to be installed includes a Snell Cygnus router and Crystal Vision signal converter.

“With BBC One HD and ITV HD now fully up and running, customer demand for HD production facilities is increasing,” said Craig White, BBC Studios and Post Production’s head of new business and entertainment.

“The investment in 1080-50p for Studio Six last year and now Studio Three enables both to handle all current HD broadcast formats.”