Pilat Media Global plc

Pilat Media Global plc

March 28, 2006 01:07 ET

Pilat Media Global plc. Signs a Contract with the BBC

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 28, 2006) - Pilat Media Global plc. ("Pilat Media" or the "Company") (AIM:PGB), the London-based AIM-listed supplier of business management software to broadcasters around the world, is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with the BBC for the licensing, design, delivery and implementation of a Content Scheduling System for BBC World Service, utilising Pilat Media's IBMS (Integrated Broadcast Management System).

The contract value to be earned gradually over this period is Pounds Sterling 2.7 million, covering the IBMS license and configuration and implementation services. There will be additional long term support and maintenance revenues. The system is expected to be implemented in three phases which will take 1-2 years to complete.

The IBMS-based Content Scheduling System will be part of an overall technology modernisation programme at BBC World Service covering the scheduling, transmission and distribution systems, supporting the delivery of Radio, TV, Internet and mobile services. IBMS will schedule the full content distribution chain from 'microphone to Listeners', all within a single system. The IBMS-based Content Scheduling System will be fully integrated with new Satellite Media Distribution and Automation and Playout systems, to improve operational efficiency and flexibility. IBMS will also be used to schedule satellite receivers and to manage satellite bandwidth utilisation.

BBC World Service is the international broadcasting arm of the BBC, based in London. It is recognised as the premier international broadcasting organisation and has earned its reputation as being the World's most trusted source for news and information. It currently delivers radio programmes globally via Satellite, short wave, medium wave, FM and the internet, in 33 languages to approximately 150 million listeners each week. 1,400 live programmes are transmitted per week from approximately 100 studios.

Nigel Fry, Head of Transmission & Distribution, BBC World Service, said; "The IBMS product and Pilat Media best suited the requirement to deliver a step change in the way our content distribution is managed. The project is essential to ensure we have the systems necessary for the business to compete in the global media market."

Commenting on the contract, Avi Engel, Pilat Media's CEO said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this important contract with the BBC. This award continues to demonstrate the acceptability of our high quality products among leading global broadcasters for modernising and integrating their operations in order to achieve improved performance".

Pilat Media will be announcing its 2005 results later this week, on Thursday, 30th March 2006.

For further information:
Pilat Media Global plc

Avi Engel, Chief Executive Officer Tel: +44 (0) 20 8782 0700
Martin Blair, Chief Financial Officer
aengel@pilatmedia.com www.pilatmedia.com

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Notes to editors:

Pilat Media is an AIM-listed UK company, with 190 staff operating from headquarters in London and offices in the USA, Australia and Israel, as well as from Amsterdam, where its newly acquired subsidiary Media Line is situated.

Pilat Media's main product is IBMS (Integrated Broadcast Management System), a new generation software system for managing the business of broadcasting. It is the world's most comprehensive broadcast solution, designed to maximise revenues and reduce costs by integrating airtime sales, content programming and media trafficking across an unlimited number of different channels or stations, regions or even countries, all under a single centralised, scalable and digital ready system. To support this full spectrum, broadcasters are typically supported by several dispersed systems. IBMS's functional breadth, depth and flexibility to suit all types of broadcasters are unrivalled, making it the first truly global system of its kind.

IBMS's first version was originally developed by Pilat Media for BSkyB, to support their fast growing multi-channel programming needs. Pilat Media was established in 1999 to develop IBMS further and market it as a generic product. IBMS's scope was subsequently more than doubled by adding the advertising sales functionality in partnership with Network Ten of Australia. Since then Pilat Media has rapidly established itself as a rising force in the market for business management software for broadcasters.

The recent acquisition of the Dutch Media Line enriches Pilat Media's offering with the MediaPro product, designed for smaller scale or independent advertising sales operations, where IBMS maybe less suited, enabling the Company to expand its marketing reach and attract additional clients, mainly in Europe and the Far East.

Today, Pilat Media's software solutions have been selected by over 45 broadcasters in Europe, North America and Australasia, representing a wide spectrum of business models, organisational size and transmission technologies - digital and analogue, on terrestrial, cable and satellite platforms. These include Fox Networks (USA), E! Entertainment (USA), CTV (Canada), Discovery (International), five (UK), BBC World (UK), Astro (Malaysia), Network Ten (Australia), TV New Zealand, Sky Italia and TV4 (Sweden).

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