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theBreaker.news Podcast: A surprise in Surrey, cutting-edge broadcast studio hidden among farms

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Surrey is forecast to someday overtake Vancouver as British Columbia’s most-populous city. It is the size of Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond combined. It is a place of contrasts, where the industrial and agricultural thrive and citizens live, work and play by the oceanfront and riverfront. 

Nestled among the lush, green farmland of Surrey, Peter Young is growing a revolution in portable and mobile broadcasting. Hubcast Media Productions is one of the modern companies that the Surrey Board of Trade showcased on a tour earlier this year.

Krown Gridiron Nation on TSN, produced at Hubcast Media in Surrey (Mackin)

Hubcast began from the demise of Shaw Media’s community access studio in Vancouver (which closed two years ago because of cutbacks) and is based on using the latest technology to cut costs and complexity. For example, Hubcast produces Vancouver Canadians game broadcasts for Sportsnet without a bulky production truck at Nat Bailey Stadium. It is also home of TSN’s Krown Gridiron Nation weekly college football show.

“We feel that we’re really using technology to give content access to more people, more producers, more independent creators,” Young said.

Take an audio tour through Hubcast on this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast. Plus commentaries and headlines from the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Rim. Compare what B.C. Attorney General David Eby said Aug. 27 with what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Aug. 29 about money laundering in B.C. And host Bob Mackin awards a virtual Nanaimo bar to a Downtown Eastside charity and its East Coast donor who are making a difference.

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