ATG Danmon upgraded the production control gallery and master control room, providing cabling, racks and interfaces where necessary.
ATG Danmon has announced the completion of a large-scale upgrade to the news production and several news editing suites at the London headquarters of Alaraby Television.
Commenting on the development, Ali Husseini, Director of Broadcast Operations & Visuals at Alaraby, said: “News and documentary programmes form a core part of our output. Key objectives were to advance our news reporting, ingest, production and playout systems to latest-generation workflow, allowing staff at our headquarters and around the world to operate with maximum efficiency and creativity as a unified team. Our legacy infrastructure remained active until the new system was fully commissioned so that editors and their production colleagues could transition as easily as possible.”
Howard Dixon, Project Manager of ATG Danmon, added: “Alaraby selected us to design, engineer and integrate a complete system from content acquisition right through to presentation. The front end comprises 12 channels of news ingest capturing to a dedicated server with proxy file-generation capability. This feeds through to a 75-client news production platform with full asset management resources, 120 terabytes of production storage and cloud-connected browsing. Studio playout is fully automated and includes a multichannel MPEG gallery playout server. The graphics system provides a range of image generation capabilities including a scrolling text news ticker, virtual studio generation plus a video wall feed. We were also commissioned to upgrade eight craft edit suites, replacing a third-party installation with latest-generation Avid
ATG Danmon worked across the production control gallery and master control room, providing cabling, racks and interfaces where necessary. A new data centre was equipped which could be operated alongside the channel’s existing data centre during the transition to the new system. This included designing and integrating KVM control interfaces allowing newsroom and edit suite operators to switch between the legacy and latest-generation systems.
Russell Peirson-Haggar, Managing Director of ATG Danmon, stated: “As is normal on projects of this kind, we partnered closely with Alaraby’s management team and studio staff to ensure that full broadcast continuity was maintained throughout the entire process of upgrading. Programme rehearsal, live presentation, post-production and playout all proceeded as normal throughout the upgrade. Much of the installation work was performed at night so that studio operation could proceed without disturbance. Precautions were also taken to ensure Covid-19 safeguarding.”