Timeline

2021

  • BEIRG launches new website www.beirg.org

  • BEIRG adds new members to the Steering Group

  • Consultation responses 

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16+

YEARS

LOBBYING

Political lobbying has been key to BEIRG's success. Consistent dialogue with Ofcom, MPs and Government

2020

  • COVID epidemic ravages the PMSE community bringing the business in the Live and Events sector to a grinding halt

  • BEIRG continues to work and consult with Ofcom 

  • Consultation responses

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£50M+

FUNDING

700 & 800MHz

Over £50M has been injected back into PMSE in the form of funding as a result of BEIRG's consultation work

2019

  • BEIRG advises companies applying for compensation

  • Consultations responses

  • Ofcom publishes response to 700MHz compensation

  • BEIRG briefs MPs from most major parties supporting compensation campaign

  • BEIRG successful in gaining improvements to proposed funding scheme

  • Consultations responses

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70+

CONSULTATION

RESPONSES

An average of 4 consultation responses every year since BEIRG was formed in 2004

2017

  • Ofcom consultation of funding for 700MHz clearance

  • BEIRG consults industry on response

  • Consultations responses

2016

  • BEIRG urges affected PMSE users to respond regarding funding compensation for equipment that operates between 694 - 790MHz

  • Ofcom confirms 700MHz clearance plans

  • Consultation responses

2015

  • BEIRG urges caution regarding Ofcom's decision to green light use of WSD (White Space Devices) in same spectrum used by PMSE

  • Consultation responses

2014

  • BEIRG outlines key concerns and potential solutions in response to Ofcom announcement that 700 MHz band to be cleared for mobile broadband

  • Consultation responses

2013

  • BEIRG honoured at Pro Sound Awards in London with 'Grand Prix' prize for its spectrum work on behalf of the PMSE community

  • Consultation responses

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  • BEIRG starts discussion with Ofcom on proposals for the 700MHz band for mobile broadband

  • Consultation responses

2011

  • BEIRG presents Spectrum Update at PLASA Show

  • BEIRG challenges plans to sell surrendered 800MHz equipment back into the market

  • Consultation responses

2010

  • Landmark BEIRG meeting with Peter Luff MP, Ed Richards (Ofcom) and Philip Rutnam (Ofcom) to directly discuss ongoing PMSE issues

  • Consultation responses

  • BEIRG launches group on social media platform LinkedIn

  • Consultation responses

  • BEIRG convinces Ofcom to publish "White Space' maps

  • BEIRG 'Impact Assessment' on future spectrum availability to PMSE published

  • BEIRG launches Save Our Sound UK, with over 20 industry associations and orgs

  • Consultation responses 

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  • BEIRG unites industry behind the PMSE Pro User Group banner

  • Successful Lobbying convinces Ofcom to rethink proposals for PMSE future spectrum access

  • Consultation responses

2018

2012

2009

2008

2007

2006

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2005

  • BEIRG start lobbying campaign

  • Meeting in London at Orbital offices

  • BEIRG organise to respond to Ofcom consultation

  • Consultation responses

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  • BEIRG Steering Group formed. 

  • Ranelagh International appointed to handle Political PR

  • House of Commons presentation with Sir George Martin.

  • Early day Motion signed by over 200 MPs

  • Consultation responses

 

2004 - BEIRG formed in London

 

In 2004, at offices in Kendall Avenue, Acton, London, a group of companies and individuals came together to 

discuss upcoming plans by Ofcom that would have a major impact on the PMSE (Programme Making & Special Events) community.

 

On the 23rd November 2004, Ofcom would publish their 'Spectrum Framework Review' (SFR), a document that would lay out plans for future spectrum access, that would have an incredible impact on the entire PMSE community,

and yet the document never even contained any mention of PMSE whatsoever.

 

So on the 3rd November 2004, with an organisation name devised by freelance sound engineer and sound recordist John Turnock, BEIRG was born and it was agreed that it would seek to advise Ofcom with future consultations on PMSE spectrum requirements.

The rest as they say, is history.

 

The Steering Group would like to say a huge thank you to those that were present that day, for the amazing work they did in bringing

BEIRG to life, and for laying the foundations for what has followed. 

  • Audio Ltd - Kishore Patel

  • Autograph Sound Recording - Duncan Bell

  • BBC - Richard Kemp

  • Better Sound - Brian Clarke

  • Handheld Audio - Nick Bruce-Smith

  • Richmond Films - Nigel Woodford

  • Sennheiser UK - Dave Hawker

  • Shure Distribution - Alan March

  • Terry Tew Sound & Light - Terry Tew

  • Freelance sound engineer & sound recordist - John Turnock

 

400+

CONSULTATION

PAGES

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