BBC World News: TV ad specs

Tape requirements


For South Africa and Australia specifications, please see the PDF.


Digital Betacam (PAL)
16:9 Full Height Anamorphic (with 4:3 safe graphics)
NB: No High Definition
Line-up Requirements Start of tape
60 sec 75% colour bars
15 sec slate:
Advertiser Name
Tape Number (if applicable)
Audio Type
Spot Duration
Record Date
Aspect Ratio
The last 3 seconds of the VT clock must be mute and black onscreen
Commercial duration must be an exact multiple of 5 seconds
Timecodes All commercials should have continuous and matching LTC and VITC throughout the material. The VITC should be on lines 19 and 21 and field 2 lines 332 and 334 of the video signal. VITC on other lines is not compatible. First commercial on the tape should start at 10:00:00:00.

Commercials may be delivered with full final mix on tracks 1 and 2 (dual mono) or with stereo on tracks 1 and 2 (1=L, 2=R). Tracks 3 and 4 should be blank. Audio level should be –20 Dbfs for Digi Betas and +0 Db for Beta SP.

Miscellaneous No restriction if multiple spots on one tape, but cue sheet must be included and there should be a 15-second slate before each spot. All tapes should be clearly labelled in English with advertiser name, product, commercial titles and lengths. Commercials to be played out on the Asia Pacific feed can only have English language.
Rotation Instructions & Technical Enquiries BBC World Sales Operations London
Tape Delivery Address Robert Coombes
1st Floor
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London   W12 7FA
Email :
Tel : +44 208 433 3040
Material Deadline 5 working days prior to transmission (not editorially complied)
3 working day prior to transmission (editorially complied)
Commercial Tape Storage Tapes cannot be returned to clients. All tapes will be destroyed 6 months after final airing

Digital requirements

Format MXF 50mb OP1a D10
FTP location

We can also take delivery from the following distribution hubs*:

*please contact directly for details

Login & password Email for details
Folder Incoming/BBC World News
File Naming No spaces in title
Delivery 5 working days (not editorially complied)
2 working days (editorially complied)


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