Riedel Supports Live Broadcast of U.K.’s ITV Leaders Debate

Riedel Communications supplied a comprehensive communications solution for the ITV Leaders April pre-election debate at MediaCityUK studios. During the live broadcast event, dock10, a broadcast and production facility provider, used a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system and MediorNet real-time media network to transport video, data, and communications signals to Sky, BBC, ITV and other press.

For the ITV Leaders debate held in advance of the U.K.'s May elections, dock10 used its campus-wide fiber connectivity to link all areas across MediaCityUK and enable transmissions to and from a host of broadcasters. The Riedel MediorNet CWDM option enhanced this capability and offered increased capacity that ensured flexibility and reliability in signal delivery.

The ITV Leaders Debate program was produced live at HQ1, dock10’s 12,500-square-foot studio. ITV news pool feeds, providing pictures to the world's press, were coordinated from another dock10 studio gallery, HQ3. They deployed one MediorNet at the Piazza in front of the studios to provide video, data, and communications to Sky, the BBC, and ITV at their OB positions in front of the building. A second MediorNet system was stationed in the Media Hub Centre, which housed additional press, and enabled additional broadcaster live feeds.

A Riedel MediorNet system installed at the Piazza provided video, data, and communications to Sky, the BBC, and ITV at their mobile truck positions in front of the building.

A Riedel MediorNet system installed at the Piazza provided video, data, and communications to Sky, the BBC, and ITV at their mobile truck positions in front of the building.

In addition to serving as the regular production facilitator behind popular U.K. television programs such as “The Voice” and “Dragons’ Den,” dock10 provides MediorNet real-time media links to ITV and BBC, as well as The Pie Factory production base at MediaCityUK.

Paul Rivens, U.K. general manager at Riedel Communications, said they have worked closely with dock10 on a variety of high-profile productions, and the company “once again made the most of our gear to support an important event leading into the U.K.'s 2015 general elections.”

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