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Trade bodies The IABM has announced the appointment of Chris Exelby, managing director, TSL Professional Products, as chair of its recently formed UK Regional Council. Exelby will be joined on the council by 10 senior executives from IABM member companies. They are: David Peto, managing director (MD), Aframe; Micky Edwards, director, Amagi; Markus Frees, sales director, ARRI GB; Daniella Weigner, MD, Cinegy; Christelle Gental, product solution marketing manager, Cisco; John Nemeth, VP EMEA, Elemental Technologies; Brian Paisley, MD, Ideas Unlimited; Rupert Watson, director, Root6; David Atkins, MD, Suitcase TV and Richard Satchell, MD, Bexel Global Broadcast Solutions (part of Vitec Group plc). The team will provide support to the local broadcast and media technology supply industry by focusing on the key issues that impact businesses in the UK and give members a voice in a global industry. A North American regional council has also been formed. Local TV aQ Broadcast Limited has confirmed that installation of its production and transmission systems for That’s Solent in Portsmouth has now been completed. Use of a standardised system across the three sites ensures consistent operation and allows content to be transferred and reused easily from one location to another. The system, based at the That’s studio in Highbury College, is the third to be installed for the That’s TV network, with previous projects completed in Manchester and Preston during 2015. Further installations are anticipated this year, as the progressively network launches new sites in Reading, Guildford, Salisbury, Andover and Carlisle. aQ Broadcast CEO Neil Hutchins said, “We are pleased to have been able to roll further functionality into That’s Solent. The adoption of a standard platform across the That’s stations offers opportunities for significant cost savings in terms of system management, as well as providing a foundation to start to move to large and efficient network operation once other sites are added in the future.” aQ had previously installed its QNews newsroom software in Portsmouth in December 2014, but this second phase added several new elements including aVS media storage, aPS studio production capability and QTx transmission scheduling and playout. This brings That’s Solent in line with the system model at That’s Manchester and That’s Preston, using aQ products for all aspects of station production, operation and transmission. aQ has had significant involvement with the roll-out of the new Local TV stations in the UK, with different combinations of its products used by sites in Norwich, Brighton, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester, Preston and Cambridge. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 109 JANUARY 2016 | 21