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

Live from London: Studio rolling around town sends programme to France

Few things sum up the image of London better than a red double-decker bus, but one travelling around the capital right now is particularly worthy of greater attention. This particular vehicle contains what is hailed as the first-ever live mobile TV studio, and, although it is the traditional colour, with illustrations of iconic local images, […]  More

Live from London: EBU Marks End of Standard Definition for Sports Coverage

The London 2012 Olympic Games will be remembered for a number of landmark sporting events, but, in broadcasting terms, it is significant as the point where the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) says goodbye to standard-definition transmission for all major sports coverage. This is the result of long-term investment in the EBU’s Eurovision satellite and fibre […]  More

Crewing Company, Atlas Hire gear up for Olympics

The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics are already creating a high demand for broadcast equipment and crew. Among the UK companies gearing up for this are The Crewing Company (TCC), which is supplying personnel including camera operators, VTR managers, and technical operators; and Alias Hire, which has taken on additional staff to cope during the […]  More

Goal-Line Technology Gets Green Light From IFAB

Goal-line technology (GLT) has at last been given the go-ahead by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The decision was made Thursday in Zurich during a special meeting chaired by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who now fully endorses GLT after being staunchly against it in recent years. Both technologies under consideration, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, were […]  More

Al Jazeera Sports Chooses Trilogy Intercom for New Studios

Al Jazeera Sports is installing a Trilogy Communications intercom system for its three new studios as part of the first 3G installation in the Middle East. Work on the new centre at Al Jazeera Sports’ headquarters in Doha, Qatar, is being overseen by systems integrator Tek Signals. Three 36-port Trilogy Commander intercoms supplied by Tek […]  More

Roland Debuts VR-5 for Small-Scale OB

Small-scale location production for TV and Webcasting is a growing area in sports broadcasting, and Roland Systems Group launched a new product for this sector at the recent Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) in London. The VR-5 is a combined video switcher and audio mixer with USB connectivity that can work with streaming services, including USTREAM […]  More

PERFORM Adds DK Technologies Waveform Monitoring to OMNISPORT Facilities

UK digital-media agency and sports specialist PERFORM has expanded the facilities for its new OMNISPORT news service with the addition of two DK Technologies audio and video waveform monitors. OMNISPORT, which supplies multiplatform broadcasters, went live toward the end of last year, with material prepared in two Avid-based editing suites at PERFORM headquarters just outside […]  More

SIS LIVE Handles BBC’s HD Coverage of Six Nations Rugby

The 2011 Six Nations rugby union tournament got under way at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Feb. 4 when Wales took on England. Host-broadcast coverage in high definition was provided by the BBC using facilities from SIS LIVE. All production and presentation for the match was handled in SIS LIVE’s big triple-expander HD truck, […]  More

New Zealand’s TVNZ Launches Tapeless Production

New Zealand’s public-television broadcaster TVNZ (Television New Zealand) is operating a fully tapeless, file-based production chain at its broadcast centre in Auckland. The new installation, supported by a media-asset-management (MAM) system, was designed, built, and overseen by UK integrator TSL and covers TVNZ’s four national channels. The broadcaster, which recently finished extensive live coverage of […]  More

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