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About the BSN-UK

The BSN is an informal networking group for the broadcast and satellite industry in the UK, managed by a small group of industry stalwarts who organise a series of regular networking events for its membership.

Why Join the BSN-UK

CONNECT WITH OTHERS
Our aim is to bring together and foster understanding among professionals working within the broadcast and satellite industry in the UK and students and young professionals aspiring to work within these industries.
KNOWLEDGE SHARING
We are keen to promote knowledge sharing, educational activities and social networking opportunities for our members.
KEEP ABREAST OF DEVELOPMENTS
We work in a very dynamic technologically-driven industry, and it's critical to our careers and professional development that we all keep as up-to-date as possible.
INTERESTING EVENTS
We aim to hold events that will appeal to the widest audience with relevant topics and interesting speakers, hosted by major industry players, with plenty of time set aside for networking.
LOW COST MEMBERSHIP - OR EVEN FREE!
Professional level membership costs less than the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee from your favourite high street barista for a whole calendar year - and if you're a student or retired, membership is free. Scroll down for membership details.

Events

Since its inception in 2006, the BSN has organised on average 3 to 4 meetings per year, welcoming over 1,000 participants over our first decade.

Topics of discussion have included satellite systems and their future, satelite ground station equipment, modulation and coding techniques, satellite insurance, and content management ... amongst other similarly interesting and diverse topics.

Events are often hosted by some of the world’s leading industry organisations, such as Intelsat, SES, Inmarsat, Marsh, ETL, Newtec, Avanti, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Bird & Bird, sjberwin, GVF, Arqiva and Ofcom … to name but a few.

And one of our most anticipated annual events is our Open Mike Evening where our Members provide the subject matter for discussion and it's always a lively event! And the real blessing is that the rules include “no powerpoints” - just come and share your thoughts, we’d love to hear them.

The majority of our events are held in London. Please note that our events can only be attended by Members.

Events Calendar

BSN Events

2019

20 February – Goonhilly Earth Station Revitalised - The Yorkshire Grey, London

14 September @ 1600 – IBC Networking Event ETL Stand 1.A33 - Amsterdam

20 November – Open Mike Night - The Yorkshire Grey, London

2020
Events suspended until further notice due to COVID-19

2021
Events suspended until COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed

Friends & Family Events

2019

27 February - GVF-EMP Mobile Connectivity 2019 -Eastcheap, London -

26/27 March - SIG (Satcomms Innovation Group) Workshop - Airbus, Portsmouth -

Our Most Recent Event

The BSN’s networking agenda got off to a flying start for 2019 with an event sponsored by Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. Anver Anderson, GES Director of Sales, explained to the assembled members that even though Goonhilly Earth Station was one of the world’s first teleports (transmitting the first transatlantic TV signals back in the early 1960s), it’s still at the cutting edge of space-based telecommunications.

GES is involved in a range of projects for near space, LEO, MEO and GEO satellite communications as well as Deep Space, forthcoming Moon and Mars missions as well as radio astronomy. All this at a time when a renewed interest in space exploration and cube-sats is attracting so much investment from both government and industry.

In addition to the standard teleport services of uplink transmission and downlink feeds, TT&C, ranging and monitoring services, Goonhilly Earth Station is also introducing a brand new Data Centre facility with extensive connectivity to local and international fibre loops. In fact the SEA-ME-WE-3 international cable network has a node inside GES, connecting through the Middle East to South East Asia and Australia as well.

Significantly, the team at Goonhilly has doubled in size during the last year and with so many projects developing in the coming years, the team is set to grow further. Goonhilly is already a partner with the UK’s new rocket launch centres at Newquay – and more recently Shetland – to provide support to the UK’s ambitions of being a centre of excellence for launch services.

Goonhilly is led by CEO Ian Jones, who along with his Board of Directors, has dared to dream of how Goonhilly can take its place alongside the next generation of space communications and explorers. Having saved the site from becoming a wind farm back in 2004, Ian and his team have established training courses and projects that have kept some 400 school pupils, 150 university students and 4 PhD students enthused about their own future – as well as that of the space industry.

This event was immediately preceded by the BSN's AGM.

The evening was another resounding success, with nearly half of the BSN membership attending, and our thanks to Goonhilly Earth Station for hosting such an enjoyable evening.

 

Click here to see details of BSN's past events

 

 

Membership

STUDENT

Open to anyone over 18 studying an approved academic course for a career in the industry
Free
  • Engage with industry
  • Network while you study
  • Free entry to our events*

RETIRED

For those in retirement but still interested in keeping in contact with the industry
Free
  • Remain connected with the industry
  • Keep abreast of new developments
  • Free entry to our events*

* Occasionally there may be an additional small fee for some events

The Board

Meet the Board of the BSN

We currently have 6 serving Members on our Board - click on their photos to find out more about them.

Jonathan Higgins

Jonathan Higgins

Chair

Jonathan is the founder & Managing Director of BeaconSeek Ltd, a firm established in 2000 involved in design, project management, integration, and commissioning of satellite ground systems. Previously Jonathan was Head of BBC News Location Facilities Unit, operating fast-response satellite uplinks and terrestrial microwave links in the UK and around the world delivering news for the BBC.  As a Chartered Engineer he is an active Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), and is also the author of Satellite Newsgathering, the seminal book on the subject published by Focal Press, and Introduction to SNG & ENG Microwave. He also occasionally runs training courses on various aspects of satellite communications, from beginner to advanced level.

Anver Anderson

Anver Anderson

Secretary

Anver has over 30 years strategic marketing business development, planning experience in the telecommunications and broadcast industry (including working for BT, Inmarsat, Vyvx, VT Merlin Communications and Europe*Star), and has worked with many of the world’s leading broadcasters, teleports, satellite operators, satellite service providers and equipment manufacturers.

Neil Neusten

Neil Neusten

Treasurer

Neil has more than 30 years experience in the broadcast industry having worked for Worldwide Television News, Vyvx, Associated Press and NTL Broadcast as well as a number of SNG service providers. Neil’s experience covers operations, planning, commercial and strategic use of satellite and communications links along with the deployment of new technologies to improve services. Working both in the UK and internationally, Neil’s experience encompasses both the use of fibre-only and combined satellite / fibre networks on a global basis. This includes the setting up of planned events such as the Olympics (Winter and Summer) and ad-hoc events for sports and breaking news.

Martin Jarrold

Martin Jarrold

Martin has been the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) Chief of International Programme Development since June 2001.  His responsibilities include development of the profile of the Forum within the satellite communications industry, including delivery of programmes focused on extending the understanding of, and promoting the use of, satellite-based communications in various key end-user vertical markets.

Martin is also Co-Chairman of the GVF Maritime Satcom Forum, and frequent contributor to various telecommunications and other industry publications.  He chairs and contributes to a wide variety of telecommunications conferences, symposia, and workshops around the world. Formerly Commissioning Editor and Head of Research for Space Business International magazine.

Martin Coleman

Martin Coleman

Martin has run his Colem enterprise since 1992 and was Executive Director, the Satcoms Innovation Group (SIG) until December 2019. He is now a member of SIG’s Advisory Board. Starting his career in 1970 with the UK’s  General Post Office (now BT), for over 50 years he has been (and and still is) involved with many areas of the communications business, particularly space.

Since 2011 (as founder of the Interference Reduction Group), Martin has played a leading role in reducing radio frequency interference (RFI). He regularly addresses the industry on the management of spectrum and space, including space debris, and facilitates workshops both live and online.

Colem is an Events, Technology and Management provider. Before Colem, Martin worked in BT’s (GPO) London international switching centres, moving on to satellite projects for Madley, Goonhilly and other UK sites.

Annemarie Meijer

Annemarie Meijer

Annemarie has more than 30 years’ experience in the broadcast industry, having worked for SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation),
ZDF German Television (based in Johannesburg), Globecast Africa & Europe (based in Kenya for a few years) and, latterly, Intelsat Africa and Europe (based in London).

Her experience includes facility marketing, working as a news producer and on the deployment of broadcast facilities for both breaking news and scheduled events. She has worked extensively throughout Africa, including news assignments on Mandela-related stories from his release to his inauguration and deployment in conflict areas such as DRC, as well as managing planned events such as CHOGM confereces, Olympics and European Championships.

She has worked with some of the leading broadcasters in a commercial role to provide satellite connectivity for their distribution or contribution to their content.

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