The Value of PasB Information to the BBC Programme as Broadcast information (PasB) is an essential business requirement for all programmes broadcast by the BBC. A PasB must be completed for all originations & repeats. The information contained in a PasB supports research, re-use, and commercial exploitation of audio material.
PasB information is stored in Proteus for Radio productions. PasBs not created in Proteus can be sent to I&A Production Intake for archiving.
Listed below are the reasons PasB information is a vital element of the production process:
When audio is selected for archiving the PasB information is the primary source of cataloguing information on INFAX. Without it, it is very difficult to produce a comprehensive cataloguing entry, making research and re-use of the material difficult if not impossible.
This is particularly important given the BBC’s commitment to making archival content available to the public through the iPlayer. The public will use the metadata you provide to search & access content.
The PasB is the primary record of the content of programmes. It is the ‘evidence’ of each programme the BBC has broadcast, and the relevant rights & agreements it has reached to do so.
PasB information is classified by the BBC as a ‘core record’. All PasBs are kept permanently by I&A on behalf of the BBC.
PasBs are an historical record of the format and content of programmes. They are an indication of the ‘look and feel’ of a network.
All output on all BBC network radio is archived for 90 days by the Control Room to meet legal requirements. Should a legal case be brought on any of these programmes, the PasB may be required as evidence of:
The production team responsible for each programme
Exploitation of Audio Material
BBC Worldwide find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to exploit audio material when there is no supporting PasB rights information.
In the context of the financial constraints imposed by the licence fee settlement, there will undoubtedly be a need to repeat more programmes/re-use content. PasB information will be vital to support the re-use of programme material.
HOW TO COMPLETE A PasB FORM Programme Title: Full name of the programme as billed in the Radio Times etc.
Programme number: As provided by BBC Commissioning.
Service: Network on which the programme was made to TX
Platform: e.g. FM, LW
Week: BBC week during which the programme TX’d
Day: Day the programme TX’d.
Date: Date of TX
Start/Finish: Time of TX e.g. 19:30 – 20.00 (use 24 hr clock)
Stereo: Y or N
Pre – Record: Y or N
Pre – RecordDate: Date recording made, if applicable. Otherwise leave blank.
Tx Slot: Length of the commissioned programme, e.g. 28’30.
Proteus Programme This has two parts: the root part refers to the programme
Number (e.g. PEM23000016) and a counter on the end counts transmissions (e.g. /AAA/AAB/AAC) it should look like this PEM23000016/AAA
Duration: Actual length of the recorded programme, e.g. 28’07.
Music Used: Y or N. Please note you must complete a Music Reporting form for the programme even if no music was used.
Producer: Name of the producer/s who made the programme
Address: Name and address of independent company / BBC department
PABX: Contact details for the Producer: office / mobile number
Description: Description of the programme content.
This must describe what the programme is about, and list ALL contributors and their roles. It must also include details of ALL copyright material used, including BBC archive, bought in material, or material where no fee is required.
If the programme is a magazine programme or a sketch show, then each running order item should be recorded separately. Include the contributors and details of any music used for each item in the running order. Programmes such as Dramas and Documentaries can be reported as one running order item. However, all contributors, copyright material and music used should be recorded on the PasB.
Do not include any financial or personal details (e.g. home address and phone numbers) in the PasB.
*SAMPLE* Production details form – used for P as B report.
Production details form – used for P as B report.
10:00 - 10:30
FINAL TAPE NUMBER
PRODUCER William O'Hare
ADDRESS Popular Front Productions, 15 Castle Street, Tooting, London SW17 2LA
PABX o208 7641316
PROGRAMME TITLE AND RUNNING ORDER
Brave New World Presented by Quentin Cooper
Produced by William O’Hare
Sig. tune - 2001 Space Odyssey- Also Sprach Zarathrusta. City of Prague Orchestra, from the album 2001: Music from the Films of Stanley Kubrick, Silver America
Ice on Mars - interview Dr Joshua Bandfield discusses a new spectrometer fixed to the orbiting Mars Odyssey spacecraft that measures gamma rays coming from a planet to detect different materials. Initial data has shown up to half of the surface of Mars may contain ice.
Dr Joshua Bandfield, Professor of Earth & Space Science, University of Washington.
Detox Dangers – Discussion The current popularity of detox diets which recommend drinking many litres of water a day, and drinking even when not thirsty, could cause problems if taken to extremes. Discussion on the benefits & dangers of detox diets.
Ursula Arens, dietician, British Dietetic Association Professor Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiology, St George's Hospital, London.
Arctic Oil Reserves - Package The Arctic is estimated to hold 90bn barrels of untapped oil and three times as much natural gas according to figures from the US Geological Survey (USGS). Janine Jones weighs up the potential benefits of extracting this massive resource against the perceived threat to the environment and wildlife.
Janine Jones Producer & presenting own factual script
Archive clip Material World 10/06/2010
Recording No. PLN023/10QM0236
Music – Staral Fur. Sigur Ross from the album Agaetis Byrjun, Fat Cat
The Science of Surfing - Interview Surf Science is the one of the first books to explain waves from a surfer's point of view. It shows how waves are formed, what makes each wave different, why some waves peel nicely and others just close-out, and why, on some days, the waves are weak and gutless and on others are perfect tubes. Caroline talks to Dr. Paul Russell surfer and scientist, and co-author Dr Tony Butt about their new book.
Features a short extract from the book - read by Dr Tony Butt. Surf Science: An Introduction to Waves for Surfing, published by Alison Hodge Publishers.
Dr Paul Russell, Professor of Coastal Dynamics, University of Plymouth
Dr Tony Butt – Research Fellow, University of Plymouth
MUSIC REPORTING YOU MUST SEND A FORM TO THE MUSIC REPORTING UNIT EVEN IF YOUR PROGRAMME HAD NO MUSIC AT ALL.
Background The BBC negotiates agreements with the music copyright collecting societies which give permission to broadcast music; in return, the BBC is legally required to report to the copyright bodies all music used after transmission.
The Music Reporting Unit (MRU) is the facility that processes the music usage, via a computer system (MRS), to the copyright societies - who then pay the copyright holders.
What you need to do All music and all commercial recordings of speech and commercial sound effects must be reported, no matter how brief or incidental, within 14 DAYS of transmission. Music in trails/promos, background, live or locally recorded, music picked up on location e.g. crowds, singing in the street - even presenters humming 2 bars of “Happy Birthday” must be reported. Failure to do this will put the BBC in breach of the agreements with the copyright societies.
The details required for music reporting are a) transmission/programme details and b) music details. The music used must be in the order transmitted. Incidental music must not be aggregated - individual timings must be reported. All repeats must be reported.