Al Jazeera Balkans opts for Mosart newscaster
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 27-03-2012
Al Jazeera has chosen a Mosart newscasting system to help produce daily coverage of breaking news and current affairs from its regional headquarters in Sarajevo for satellite TV viewers in the Balkans.
Currently providing at least six hours of free to air news a day, Al Jazeera Balkans has been serving viewers in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro since November 2011.
"Using the Mosart system means we can run a very high quality news production with a small gallery team, while still being able to respond instantly to breaking news," said Miljenko Logozar, chief technical officer, Al Jazeera Balkans.
"Setting up for the launch with a completely new studio infrastructure meant our staff had a lot to learn, and the Mosart system has been invaluable in simplifying a major part of the workload. It also means that we can readily scale up our news schedule because we don't have to train a lot of new staff for the extra hours on air."
Project integrators Qvest Media also included Sony cameras, a Snell video mixer, Vizrt graphics and an Avid iNews newsroom system in the production set up for the news channel.
Broadcasting via Eutelsat W3C satellite, Al Jazeera Balkans is based in Sarajevo, with further studios in Zagreb, Belgrade and Skopje. The channel was developed after the Qatar-based network bought the Bosnian NTV 99 television station in 2010.
Al Jazeera has reportedly invested US$20 million in the new venture, which has correspondents in Podogorica, Priðtina, Mostar and Banja Luka, reporting and broadcasting in their local languages. In addition, the channel will have reporters in Washington, London, Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, Istanbul and Jerusalem – as well as drawing on the resources of 70 Al Jazeera bureaux worldwide.