Further investment in WRN London media centre

Editor | 15-01-2013

As part of its continued strategy of expansion in both personnel and resources, international broadcast services provider WRN Broadcast has made an investment totalling over £1 million in its London-based media centre.

To be completed by March 2013, the new funding will be used to create a dedicated archive environment, with an additional two petabytes worth of storage, a new master control room and a significant upgrade to the current media asset management (MAM) and mediator system.

The new facility will be at the heart of a push to expand business into new areas as well as better support the needs of existing clients such as Viacom International Media Networks, NHK World and Wananchi. The current services portfolio includes ingest, content management, play-out, encoding, multiplexing and worldwide fibre and satellite distribution.

Revealing the rationale for investing in these specific areas, WRN said that it regularly evaluated technology and broadcast practises and the decision was made that certain key areas – including the broadcast data centre and managed services – were strengthened and future-proofed. In addition, due to the ongoing growth of the business, certain new technologies also warranted investment to increase the company's future technology capabilities and better support existing clients and the wider broadcast market.

Commented the company's recently appointed CTO, Dave Travis, who oversaw the investment: "We've worked closely with our technology partners, including Evertz, Spectra Logic and Bright Media, to continually innovate our broadcast services and keep our technology solutions first class. We continue to respond to our clients' needs and will always invest in promising new areas of the business."