The BBC's research and development department have just received an award for its Piero TV graphics system - something that has transformed sports broadcasting.

The Queen's Award has been presented to the BBC for the way in which the Piero system enables the laying of graphics over TV footage, presenting new ways for the presenters to view the match and analyse various incidents within the game.

Launched during match of the Day in 2004, the Piero system is now employed in 40 countries around the world under license by Red Bee media - the Queen's Award for Enterprise being jointly awarder to both organisations for their collaborative efforts.

Matthew Postgate, controller Research & Development BBC, said: "We are absolutely thrilled that BBC Research & Development has been commended with a Queen’s Award. Since its debut on Match of the Day, Piero has transformed sports programming for the better, helping our presenters to enhance the audience’s enjoyment and understanding of the game. BBC R&D’s collaborative work has driven innovation in global broadcasting for many years, and will continue to do so for many more as we move into the internet age."

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