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URGENT: BEIRG RADIO MIC AND IEM FREQUENCY CHANGE COMPENSATION REGISTRATION SCHEME: ACT NOW!

20/02/2019 16:02 HRS

IF YOU ARE NOT THE PERSON IN YOUR ORGANISATION WHO MANAGES RADIO MICS PLEASE PASS THIS TO THE PERSON WHO DOES

The 700 MHz spectrum band (frequencies 694 to 798MHz), where a large number of Radio Mics and IEM’s now operate, will cease to be available to users from 1st May 2020.

If you use equipment in that range you will have to re-tune or re-equip to frequencies below 694MHz or utilise new spectrum that has been made available by Ofcom, in the 961 – 1015MHz,1045-1075MHz and 1105-1154MHz Bands.

As a result of the 700MHz clearance some currently used equipment will either be rendered redundant or significantly compromised. However, as you may know BEIRG’s engagement with Ofcom has secured a compensation scheme referred to below, so many equipment owners will be able to apply to claim Compensation for affected equipment.

  • In order to take advantage of the compensation scheme, the equipment owner will need to register (see below) within strict time limits. All those thought to be eligible should have already received a letter from Ofcom and Eqiniti (who are running the scheme) with a unique reference number which will be needed for registration.
  • Registration for the compensation scheme is now open.
  • If you have not received a letter, and you held a license in the qualifying period, you should contact Equiniti via their helpline; 0121 415 0283. The website for registration is: https://www.pmsefunding.co.uk/Landing.ofml
  • All claims must to completed and submitted by 26th April 2019.

Ownership of equipment may not be entirely obvious and could be the Producers, The Theatres (in the case of producing houses) or the sound rental company and if, as is likely, in many cases the rental company is the owner then pass this note on  to them. But if you are the owner you will need to register as above.

You will need to be proactive about this in order to make sure your performances are not interrupted.

Here are a few examples of how things might be affected; with a show, say a Musical in a long run, it is likely that most of the radio equipment will have to change, and producers may need to arrange cast and orchestra rehearsals with the new equipment in order to ensure that all is in order. The costs involved in this are not covered by the Compensation scheme though BEIRG negotiators are in discussion with Government to seek compensation.

It is thought that Touring shows would be affected but less so than long running musicals in that it is expected that any equipment changeover would take place over a transfer weekend, and that any adjustments could be absorbed into existing preopening rehearsals.

New productions should not be affected as it is assumed that they will be planned and equipped with the new regulations in mind.

The purpose of this note, and the note headed Time to Change is to give you a warning and an overview on this matter. If you have questions these will be best addressed in the first instance to the Ofcom/Equiniti help line.

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