GDBTV MEET WITH PRIME MINISTER
Global Digital Broadcast Received By Gordon Brown At 10 Downing Street
29 July 2008 (Brighton, UK): Global Digital Broadcast was invited to an innovators’ reception at 10 Downing Street, held on the evening of Monday 23 May - the same day that Gordon Brown, who hosted the event, set out his vision of an “upwardly mobile” Britain where “everyone can make the most of their potential” through the power of education and learning.
GDB’s presence at the reception follows a recent visit from John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, to GDB’s offices in Brighton; where he received a presentation of the Educast educational project whereby GDB’s G-Studio middleware is being offered, free of charge, to every school, college and university in the UK. This middleware constitutes the ‘backbone’ of GDB’s IPTV services and is delivered using Microsoft’s WMV and VC-1 codecs.
David Wray [far right] chatting with Gordon Brown [far left]
GDB was accompanied to 10 Downing Street by Celia Barlow MP for Hove, who has been impressed by the good work of GDB since being introduced to the company and its technology a year ago.
Celia, who is about to launch her own channel on the network, explains: "I’m always keen to support local entrepreneurs and GDB's expansion and verve has been inspirational. As a former TV news editor and in my current role in the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, I have a particular interest in GDB's technology.”
She continues: “Moreover, its commitment to giving something back to society is admirable and I will continue to work closely with them over the coming weeks and months as they launch and develop Educast."
Gordon Brown comments: "I was delighted to host Celia Barlow MP and David Wray at Downing Street and hear, first hand, how Jim Deans has built his business in Hove. While the economy is going through tough times, the Government will do all we possibly can to make sure that businesses like GDB continue to thrive and bring jobs to the local area.”
GDB, now an international company, launched with a local TV flagship model in 2005 and, despite the continued global growth, has continued to support its local community by providing training, employment and broadcast facilities for its area. GDB has also built a number of local/community channels around the UK and this, combined with the Educast project, is what has attracted such positive attention to the company.
Jim Deans, co-founder and managing director of GDB, says: “This is our biggest achievement thus far and I am immensely proud that my co-founder and co-director, David Wray, was received at 10 Downing Street in such a prestigious manner; and that GDB has now been recognised as a top innovation entrepreneur by the Prime Minister.”
David Wray concludes: “It was a great privilege to be selected as individuals who stand out for the work we are doing within our local region; and it was expressed, at the Downing Street reception, that what we are doing for adult education is both very exciting and opening up many new opportunities to bring communities together.”
David Wray with Celia Barlow MP outside Number 10 Downing Street