ATG Danmon Helps BBC Scotland With Control Room Upgrade

System integrator ATG Danmon has completed a control room upgrade project for BBC Scotland that will help streamline the production of bulletin-style news programs.

Careful co-ordination was vital to ensure the daily broadcast schedule could continue as normal, according to Howard Dixon, ATG Danmon project manager for the BBC Scotland job. This was achieved by installing all the required new equipment in a temporary control room that was fully configured and used for staff training before going live. Once that was fully operational, the old control room was taken offline and the new system moved in.

“We achieved the switchover with complete success in little more than half a day,” said Dixon. The infrastructure includes a new Vizrt Mosart automated production control and playout automation, a large Adder Technology Link Infinity KVM system, a Media Wall multiscreen display using Sony 55-inch 4K monitor screens, and J.L. Cooper audio fader control.

The studio includes a large Custom Consoles L-shaped control desk to designed fit the available space. This is configured for use by up to a five-person team comprising news editor, teleprompter, producer, director and technical operator.

Based in Glasgow, BBC Scotland currently transmits three TV channels (BBC One Scotland, BBC Two Scotland, BBC Alba) and two radio stations (BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal). It currently produces about 15,000 hours of television and radio programming per year.

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