BBC to purchase over 500 JVC GY-HM650s

As if being approved for journalistic and long form broadcast use by the EBU (albeit with help from an external recorder in the latter case) wasn’t enough, JVC’s GY-HM650 looks set to become the new darling of the BBC News team.


Over the coming year, the Beeb are looking to buy over 500 of the GY-HM650 and distribute them to news crews both in the UK and abroad. John Kelly, JVC’s General Manager for the UK & Ireland, Scandinavia and MEA commented: “We are delighted by the success of the GY-HM650 camcorder. Following on from the recent announcement that the GY-HM600 series camcorders meet EBU requirements for journalism, this provides further confirmation of its suitability for broadcast news production.”

Features thought to have helped sway the BBC include the GY-HM650’s dual codec capability, network connectivity (they chose the WiFi enabled 650 over the standalon GY-HM600) and its overall ease of use. If you’re interested in snapping up a few GY-HM650s yourself, you can take a look at the full EBU report here or read about the initial release here.

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