Description

Praise for the first edition: "It is a wonderful source of information and has the merit of going straight to the subject, being technically precise although very easy to understand. There are numerous pictures, photographs, diagrams, which make the reading a real pleasure." --European Broadcasting Union Technical Review "The complexity of a satellite newsgathering system could be a four-month long college course with a high tuition rate and an enrolment number so large you have to watch your professor on a TV screen. Jonathan Higgins might have saved the independent learner a few attendance point deductions by fitting it into one book." --Satellite Broadband magazine An ideal introduction for anyone working, or interested, in satellite newsgathering (SNG). This book is an important and valuable work that is extremely easy to read, comprehensive in its treatment, and detailed where necessary. SNG used to be an immensely complex and expensive affair where broadcasting organizations were at the mercy of an expert who sat in a lonely corner, until needed. Things have changed--everyone in a global news organization needs to know about it now. This is not only because of the high costs of mistakes, but because now even non-technical journalists on the ground have to operate their own equipment. Learn the skills, basics of the equipment, cutting edge technology and critical safety issues of satellite newsgathering.

Key Features

* An informative guide for engineers and technicians, as well as journalists and editorial management working, or interested, in satellite newsgathering * Practical and theoretical insights into the technology and its application provide a complete overview * Discover how to overcome probelms when operating SNG systems worldwide

Readership

For anyone in a global news organization--engineers, technicians, journalists, and editorial management; non-military satellite strategists; journalism students.

Table of Contents

From the Beat of the Distant Drum...; From Launch to Transmission; Boxes or Wheels; Squeezing Through the Pipe: Digital Compression; Have Phone, Will Travel-Inmarsat Services; Across the Spectrum- Regulation and Standards; Fitting the Pieces Together-Satellites and Operations; Get There Be Safe-Safety and Logistics; On the Horizon; Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

Details

No. of pages:
488
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2000
Published:
Imprint:
Focal Press
Print ISBN:
9780240515519
Electronic ISBN:
9780080516592

About the author

Jonathan Higgins

Jonathan, an independent satellite communications consultant, was formerly the manager of BBC News Location Facilities Unit. He has been very involved in the development of both truck-based and "fly-away" SNG uplinks over the past fifteen years and is also the author of Introduction to SNG and ENG Microwave, also published by Focal Press. Widely regarded as an authority on all aspects of satellite newsgathering, he has published papers, writen articles and given numerous seminars and lectures around the world on the technical aspects of newsgathering.

Reviews

Praise for the first edition: 'Satellite Newsgathering will become the Reference for anyone interested in SNG... It is a wonderful source of information and has the merit of going straight to the subject, being technically precise although very easy to understand. There are numerous pictures, photographs, diagrams, which make the reading a real pleasure.' European Broadcasting Union Technical Review 'A most impressive book' Sir Arthur C Clarke 'The complexity of a satellite newsgathering system could be a four-month long college course with a high tuition rate and an enrolment number so large you have to watch your professor on a TV screen. Jonathan Higgins might have saved the independent learner a few attendance point deductions by fitting it into one book.' Satellite Broadband magazine ...... the Reference for anyone interested in SNG. EBU Technical Review 'It is a wonderful source of information, technically precise although very easy to understand.' EBU Techncial Review 'This book is nothing if not comprehensive. Ranging from a history of news communications through to the theory of satellite TV, operational systems and developments for the future...It is just as much about methodology and techniques; about organisation as well as operation. Written in a straightforward style - making this wide range of hard-to-digest- information remarkably palatable... there's nowhere else you'll find such an authoritative and exhaustive behind-the-scenes look at this fascinating world.' What Satellite TV Magazine