On local and FM in the UK and around the Forces world. Listen to all of our stations online or download the BFBS app and stay in touch on the go.More »
Catch up on the programmes you’ve missed and listen again to original, award-winning BFBS content.More »
Send us your messages and shout out to family and friends, wherever they may be.More »
Take part in our Audience Satisfaction Survey and be entered into a free prize draw. You can enter twice in any 12-month period, so good luck!More »
Our reporters in the UK and overseas bring you the latest news, comment and in-depth stories from operations and exercises.More »
Caught on camera, the highs and lows of military life.More »
Live events as they happen and our latest British Forces News programme keeping you up to date with the latest news and sport.More »
Since 1975, BFBS Television has been informing and entertaining those serving overseas with the very best of current UK output, achieved today in a mixture of up to 15 live and delayed channels, available worldwide.More »
The latest hits, perennial favourites, live sport and national events: our unique relationships with broadcasters, producers, rights holders and Hollywood form the basis of a carriage and compiled channel line-up, fully packaged and presented, including Forces News plus community and welfare messaging.More »
From our UK broadcast playout facility, we deliver to entitled personnel via satellite and online within a secure and closed network. For those serving outside of this reach, a bespoke DVD service is available.More »
Our cinema team provides big screen entertainment to military venues around the world. Working closely with film studios, we negotiate and deliver the latest films to serving personnel and their families. Movies play an important role in supporting morale and welfare via a shared viewing experience.More »
Cinelink is a portable service exclusively for HM Forces and MOD civilians based in the UK, overseas, remote locations and operational theatres. Our device can be self-installed via a TV or projection equipment and enables you to screen films to your community on demand within 6-8 weeks of cinema release.More »
Our mobile facility, operating in partnership with Sky Cinema, provides free screenings to serving personnel and families based in the UK.
We will endeavour to fit in as many requests as we can, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information.More »
As a member of the British Forces you can access BFBS TV and Radio and other BFBS services wherever you are based across the globe. BFBS TV and Radio is available via satellite, local transmission systems and streamed on the internet. Find out how to enjoy these services here.More »
How you get BFBS depends on your location and the accommodation you’re in. Your quarters may have satellite dishes or cable points and all you need to do is plug in a TV. Or you may need to collect a BFBS set top box and get your viewing card authorised.
Alternatively the BFBS Player and Radio App is available if you have good internet connection.
If you're heading to a new location on Ops or exercise, you may need to plan in advance. Ships at sea? We've got that covered too. Whichever way, we're here to help.More »
Need help connecting to BFBS TV and Radio services? Want to know the local FM frequency for BFBS Radio? Satellite viewing card expired? Want to know what devices you can use to get BFBS TV and Radio?
All this information, and more, can be found in our FAQs, and if you still have questions please contact our Service Desk, our contact details are also here.More »
CSE has been providing exceptional entertainment to the British military worldwide since 1946. Our bespoke approach to versatile and dynamic event and live entertainment solutions means we can always pull a gig out of the bag, no matter what gets thrown at us!More »
We're a charity, so if you engage our services you’ll be helping to fund beneficiary projects such as shows for wounded, injured and sick service personnel or entertainment for the families and children of deployed personnel.More »
Did you know we can provide entertainment solutions for all your events? We know what you need to make your Mess function a success. From Families’ Days to Medal Parades, Summer Balls and Christmas Parties, we have a range to solutions to suit you.More »
As well as bands, comedians, dancers and celebrity appearances synonymous with CSE, we also provide children's entertainers and mascots, close-up magicians, inflatables, fairground rides and all the elements of stage production.
Our advice comes free, so whatever you’re planning, from large scale events requiring a fully managed turnkey solution, or simply a band for your Mess function, get in touch now.More »
From digital content creation and advanced editing to storytelling and social media skills, our practical media courses will give you the confidence and knowledge to communicate your brand message effectively and grow your business.More »
Our team of renowned producers, presenters, video journalists and camera operators are experts in creating engaging promos, adverts, documentaries, features, live broadcasts, messaging videos and social media clips using our modern studios, editing suites and OB vehicles.More »
Our discreet tutors can provide tailored short or long term support such as senior coaching, mentoring for communications staff, strategic campaign planning, content production, media interview techniques, crisis comms and simpress.More »
SSVC has had to adapt for the digital age like many other organisations. We can share our experience and expertise with you too. Our security cleared digital professionals understand the media, government, and communications. If your organisation needs help growing your social media channels, producing great content, or guidance and support, then do get in touch.Get in touch »
We worked alongside a major government department’s communications team to build digital skills. We helped them create and deliver a social media strategy, and taught their communicators how to create effective, engaging social media content.
We were asked by a major events company to manage all their social media profiles. They wanted to increase the amount of people attending their events and find new customers. Since managing their profile we have helped them reduce costs while increasing their social media engagement by 80%.
The Forces Pension Society asked us to audit their digital efforts and provide guidance on how to make the most out of their social media channels. We spent time with their team and helped them identify the tools, training and content they needed to succeed.
“We were absolutely delighted with the service we received from SSVC; they very quickly developed an instinctive understanding of our business and how far we have got with our own digital effort; and they offered practical and constructive ideas for how we could raise out game. Throughout they were engaged, expert and encouraging, and we felt they were on our side—we could not have asked for anything more.”
The Forces Media Academy is designed to provide veterans and service leavers with the training, experience and qualifications to help them transition into a multi-media role.Find out more »
The Creative Media Production course combines extensive training and work experience in core video production techniques with a choice of specialisations in areas such as radio, marketing and multi-media journalism.
On successful completion of this course, students are awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC).Find out more »
Not only is the course free, but all students will receive a bursary of £18,000 to help with living costs and accommodation. This is thanks to the generous support of The Royal British Legion.Find out more »
On completion of this unique course, students are awarded a
Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Creative Media Production
The Forces Media Academy has strong connections with the media, broadcasting and digital industries which will generate quality work experience and career opportunities.
On completion of the course, students can expect to work in:
Only a limited number of spaces are available.
The Creative Media Production course is designed for service leavers and veterans with a keen interest in the world of media, including television, film, radio, digital and marketing.
You might be new to media, or have some previous media experience. Our team will support your transition to civilian life and equip you with the skills you need to enter the job market at the end of your course.
Develop your understanding of camera and lighting equipment. Gain the skills needed to use it confidently and creatively in moving image production.
Learn about the history of moving image editing. Acquire the practical skills needed to edit high-quality audio and video using industry-standard software.
Plan and produce a promotional video which meets your client's objectives. Research your target audiences. Review and manage logistics, resources and risk assessments.
Develop your understanding of theoretical approaches to media production.
Learn how to use research techniques used by professionals working in creative media.
Gain an understanding of how video and audio sequences communicate ideas and information. Develop technical skills using industry-standard equipment.
Develop an understanding of the different platforms that support radio. Learn how to produce a multi-platform radio programme and the types of content used to enhance the listening experience.
Learn how to respond to briefs and develop advertising strategies. Develop graphic design skills for print and digital media.
Gain the skills needed to work in a multi-platform news environment. Source and research news stories for print, broadcast and online. Develop an understanding of legal and ethical issues and enhance interview skills.
There are no course fees to pay. All costs are borne by the Forces Media Academy.
All students also receive a bursary of £18,000 to help with living costs and accommodation. This is thanks to the generous support of one of our key partners, The Royal British Legion.
Students may be required to purchase some materials such as reading literature and memory cards. Equipment such as video cameras, computers and editing software will be provided.
The Forces Media Academy has facilities to suit and support all service leavers and veterans, including those who are wounded, injured or sick.
Applications for 2018 are now open.
Please click here to apply now.
The 2018 course is full time, Monday–Friday, beginning in September 2018 and ending in July 2019. Limited spaces are available.
The Forces Media Academy is run out of SSVC's headquarters in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, just 30 minutes by train from London.
The closest overland station is Gerrards Cross and the closest underground station is Chalfont & Latimer. We are also within easy reach of the M40, M25 and M4.
Forces Broadcast Technology engineers have designed, built and commissioned a wide range of broadcast and communication systems infrastructure across the globe. We specialise in delivering media content, deploy in difficult and remote locations and—since we’ve been doing this since 1943—we understand the challenge.
We use the latest technologies including IP and international broadcast standards to ensure compatibility with consumer equipment. Take a look at our case study examples of successfully completed projects. Future projects are limited only by your imagination…
Get in touch to discuss your requirements and discover how the Forces Broadcast Technology team can help you communicate and broadcast across the globe, expand your reach and solve your problem.More »
SSVC’s Forces Welfare Media Team produces content about a wide range of organisations and the work they do to deliver on the promises of the Armed Forces Covenant. From the help and support offered to veterans by forces charities to work being done by local councils and businesses to support their local military communities and employees, we shine a spotlight on the Covenant in action around the UK.
We film short features that are shown on Forces TV, BFBS TV, online via the Forces TV website and are shared across our various social media platforms. We also make radio versions of these features for broadcast on BFBS Radio.
Funded by a grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, we are editorially independent with two reporters—one based in Edinburgh and the other in the South of England—who travel the length and breadth of the UK to tell interesting and engaging stories. Add to that a Senior Producer and a Multi-Media Producer and that's the whole team… small but perfectly formed!More »
MODAL or “MoD Archive Library” is a powerful new online digital archive that has gone into service with the Ministry of Defence and may be made available to other Broadcasters and Production Companies.
There are thirty years’ worth of Military and Defence archive footage in our library, produced by our News Teams. Material is added to the new system every day.
MODAL incorporates a state of the art Digital Asset Management System principally for video, but audio, still images and documents can also be handled. Its uses may include training, social media, command information messaging and programme-making.
The BFBS Big Salute is an annual campaign that raises vital funds for armed forces charities.
The BFBS Big Salute is completely separate to grants awarded under SSVC's Welfare Fund scheme.
Most recently, the BFBS Big Salute has donated money to: Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, Blind Veterans UK, Combat Stress, FAB (Families’ Activity Breaks) and Veterans Aid.
We are now inviting armed forces charities to apply for grants for specific projects.Apply Now »
If you would like to fundraise for the annual BFBS Big Salute campaign there are loads of ways to get involved. See some recent events and other ways to donate, such as buying a wristband or via JustGiving.More »
The BFBS Big Salute raises money to benefit members of the armed forces community and their families. Monies are raised and donated through activities undertaken by audiences of the radio, TV and digital platforms, as well as SSVC staff. 100% of all money raised for the Big Salute goes into the fund—running costs are not deducted.
From April 2017, the proceeds of the previous year's fundraising activity will be awarded by way of specific grants for projects which fulfil the criteria laid out below:
Grant recipients agree to:
In the event that the grant recipient is unable to deliver or complete the project, the Big Salute Grant Committee must be notified and the grant must be returned to the Big Salute.
A charity may submit one application in each financial year (April–March).
A committee of SSVC staff and representatives who have been directly involved in raising funds for the Big Salute, will meet at least once per year to apportion monies. They will consider all applications on merit, impact and measurable outcomes and make the awards accordingly. The committees’ decision is final.
Feedback will be available for unsuccessful applicants.
Grant applications must be received by SSVC before 31st July 2017 and monies will be allocated to successful applications before the end of September 2017.
Show your support with a Big Salute wristband – buy one here.
Give a one-off or monthly donation via JustGiving.
Text BIGS00 plus the amount you want to donate, e.g. £5, to 70070 to donate to the BFBS Big Salute and make a difference today.
You can recycle your old CDs, DVDs, games, clothes or electronics and raise money for the BFBS Big Salute at the same time with musicMagpie!
Raise money for the BFBS Big Salute simply by shopping online. It's easy to create a free account.
£660 was raised for the Big Salute from registration fees at the annual Midwinter Swim in Surf Bay. Hundreds took a quick dip in the South Atlantic Ocean and earned themselves a certificate of lunacy in the process. A huge thanks to everyone who braved the water and the organisers for making the Big Salute one of their chosen charities.
Salisbury Plain Presenter, Chris Sturgess, received a cheque for £100 for the Big Salute from Lt Colonel Richard Forster – CO of 19 Regiment Royal Artillery – in return for his time as a presenter at a recent regimental event.
Six teams from the BATUS Hockey League took to the ice for the Big Salute Hockey Day. The annual event raised a whopping CAD 3,800, and the Black Oilers took top spot after beating the Orange Oilers 3-2 in the final.
BFBS Salisbury Plain Presenter, Chris Sturgess, provided the 'voice' for the AGC's 25th birthday celebrations in Tidworth. As a 'thank you' on behalf of the RHQ, Captain Jess Beck handed Chris a donation of £100 for the Big Salute.
An impressive £3,000 was raised by a team of nine from the RBL Rainworth, Blidworth and District Branch when they completed the Three Peaks 24 Hour Challenge. The money was divided between the Big Salute and the RBL.
Every division within the SSVC organisation is important to Service personnel and their families - whether Radio, News, Television or Entertainment. The SSVC Welfare Fund is no exception. On average, SSVC makes grants totalling around a quarter of a million pounds each year. The SSVC Welfare Fund scheme is completely separate to grants offered by the BFBS Big Salute.More »
Grants cover a very wide range of projects, from equipment for service families to keep in touch with loved ones on ops; the digitisation of forces cinemas; welfare centres and children's play areas on bases; expeditions and adventure training, to television and audio equipment on ships and submarines.
The Trustees react to requests for funds as quickly as possible. Bids can be made by individual units or by a higher formation on behalf of units.
The Welfare grant amenity is another link in the vital SSVC chain whose sole aim is to provide support and welfare for our Armed Forces wherever they are and whatever they are doing around the world.
SSVC Welfare Grant funding has been established by the Charity to finance welfare and recreational amenities, activities and projects, which directly or indirectly contribute to operational effectiveness.
Priority for the provision of funds will be accorded to those serving on, preparing for, or recovering from operations and those living in isolated or arduous conditions.
However, consideration for funding will also be considered to support other requirements such as the home bases, which contribute to operational effectiveness by enhancing morale, as well as sponsorship of adventure training and tri-Service sport as long as each request is accompanied by a letter of approval from the appropriate Service Adventure Training authority or the Combined Services Sports Board.
Applications should be made through the following channels:
All other applications should be directed to the parent Command as appropriate. They in turn should forward applications, with their recommendation and any additional comments to:The Secretary
or emailed to email@example.com.
Units should not normally correspond directly with SSVC about grants except when acknowledging receipt.
Requests for grants are to be submitted on headed paper and include the following:
NOTE: The Trustees will not reimburse an application for any costs incurred in anticipation of SSVC's approval.
Letters of acknowledgement and/or photographs (where appropriate) of grants received should be sent by all recipients to the Secretary of SSVC Welfare Grants at the above address. SSVC and their auditors will use these letters as official confirmation that the grants have actually benefited those for whom they are intended.
Any further information such as the date of arrival of the item or facility is also welcomed by the Trustees, both for use in SSVC's Annual Report as well as advertising SSVC Welfare Grants' activities.
Where at all feasible, all items or facilities provided by grants from SSVC are to be suitably labelled, engraved or fitted with a commemorative plaque by the parent unit, acknowledging SSVC's involvement. SSVC will automatically provide labels for smaller items. A permanent record of items should be kept on miscellaneous stores account to enable the items to be used in the future.
Where the recipient cannot use an item provided by an SSVC Welfare Grant (either because the item is lying idle, the unit has been disbanded or suchlike) the Trustees prefer that the item be transferred to another unit or, as a last resort, is sold. If an item is sold the appropriate proportion of the proceeds should be returned by cheque made payable to 'SSVC' through Command Headquarters.
The Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) was formed in 1982 from the merger of the Services Kinema Corporation (SKC) and the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS). The organisation was founded on a single aim: To serve those who serve.Contact Us »
SSVC is a private company limited by guarantee - there are no shareholders. The company is a self-supporting registered charity whose annual surpluses, after deducting an amount needed to sustain operational needs, are donated as welfare support for the Armed Forces. These donations are allocated to specific projects and make life more enjoyable for Service personnel and their families around the world.More »
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