Smooth Operations cover Cambridge Folk Festival live for Sky Arts
Smooth Operations, the Manchester-based production division of UBC Media Group, this summer be provided 15 hours of live music programming to Sky Arts 1 HD and Sky Go around the Cambridge Folk Festival.
Smooth Operations, has provided radio coverage of the Cambridge Festival to BBC Radio 2 for 14 years. Two years ago, the company began to provide television coverage to Sky. This year’s coverage, hosted by Mark Radcliffe and Zoe Ball, was considerably enhanced with an increased production budget and, for the first time, was all transmitted live.
The event was also featured on BBC Radio 2, with coverage in Mike Harding’s Wednesday evening folk programme bringing listeners highlights of the festival.
Smooth Operations retained rights to the audio and video performances and will produce DVD’s, CD’s and digital downloads of the shows for sale after the event.
John Leonard, Managing Director of Smooth Operations commented:
"Developing our relationship with Sky has been crucial to creating a more rounded business model than just that of a BBC radio programme production company. Our coverage of Cambridge represents a model of how we will develop our business in the future with multiple broadcast customers and an ability to monetize content which we retain rights to".
UBC: Simon Cole, Chief Executive 0207 453 1603
Smooth Operations: John Leonard, Managing Director 01457 873752
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About UBC Media Group
UBC is quoted on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market. UBC is a leading provider of digital content, software and mobile applications. The Group is the largest independent producer of radio programming for the BBC and a provider of entertainment programming to commercial radio stations throughout the UK. Its software division, Unique Interactive, is a global supplier of digital radio text and data services.
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