Rebecca Hawkes | 02-08-2013
Systems integrator Media Group International (MGI) has installed a high specification news facility in the Cairo studios of pan-Arab satellite broadcaster MBC.
The news centre, which is now delivering news broadcasts to MBC's Egyptian viewers, comprises a broadcast control room and gallery, a central apparatus room, an audio studio, a broadcast studio, a master control room, a newsroom, and editing and production facilities.
Raed Bacho, broadcast manager, MBC Group, said: "Our Cairo news facility is a major investment and one that required careful planning. We were delighted by the efficiency and timely results."
Paul Wallis, MGI's sales director, added: "MBC's on-air requirements meant that we were up against extremely tight deadlines. We also undertook this project during the recent political unrest, which created its own set of issues. On at least one occasion our team could not leave the facility overnight because demonstrators were protesting outside."
Grass Valley LDX-80 studio cameras that adopt cmos technology as opposed to traditional CCD have been installed at the facility, which has at its heart a full Avid Newsvision production system, with Viztr on-air graphics.
"Other technical highlights include a powerful Ross live production switcher, a Trilogy Broadcast communications system, a state-of-the-art video wall and a Studer All-In-One Vista audio mixing console, the first of its kind to be installed in Egypt," said Wallis.
MGI has over 35 years' experience of systems integration in the Gulf region, while Dubai-based MBC is the largest free-to-air satellite broadcaster in the Middle East and North Africa, with 12 television channels including the Arabic news channel Al Arabiya.