Sony Professional wins $143MN Al Jazeera contract

Rebecca Hawkes | 13-12-2013

A "pioneering" 3G broadcast infrastructure project is on the cards for Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network following a US$143 million contract award, according to Sony Professional Solutions MEA.

The IT aspect of the project will include unified file-based workflows for news and programme planning, production, transmission and archiving. Multiple high definition (HD) studios, and a global media management system to provide a collaborative workflow for digital assets, also form part of the deal for the Doha-based satellite TV broadcaster.

"This project will be a major boon to our work worldwide. It will enhance communication and transfer of information from and to our 70 bureaus, and between our channels especially Al Jazeera Arabic, English, Balkans and America," said Mostefa Souag, acting director general, Al Jazeera Media Network.

"For the nature of our work brilliant journalists gathering news across the globe and providing it quickly to viewers this deal will be significant for us at Al Jazeera and for the public."

Robert Sherman, managing director, Sony Professional Solutions MEA, added: "Once complete the project will enable Al Jazeera to operate in a highly effective manner, assisting the network to achieve their significant growth plans. The solutions we are providing ... will be a great example of how advanced the broadcast facilities in the Middle East have become."