e.tv looks to new Cape Town studios


Rebecca Hawkes

| 04 August 2015

South African free-to-air broadcaster e.tv will be moving to a purpose-built facility in Cape Town at the end of August, with the help of systems integrator Megahertz Ltd (MHz).

Currently broadcasting eight channels from Longkloof Studios, e.tv's operation comprises programme ingest, editing and graphics, a newsroom and three production studios.

As well as working on design, MHz has been liaising with e.tv's transmission partners Platco, Globecast and Sentech, to achieve a smooth transition.

"We have been working with e.tv on the move right from the start advising on civil engineering issues like studio floor construction and soundproofing," said Don Wilson, project manager, Megahertz. "We have also catalogued all the existing equipment, advising what could be upgraded to HD and moved, and where we need to plan for new hardware."

New equipment includes two Grass Valley Miranda 8000 routers, and modular infrastructure and a central control and monitoring system from Axon. The project will also see e.tv's existing Pebble Beach playout automation being updated with Marina, Neptune and Anchor systems.

Dave Stewart, group head of technology for e.tv, added: "Any project which involves picking up eight busy channels and moving them across town is always going to be a challenge on a knife-edge. Even while the planning and moving is happening, we still have a station to run and channels to put out. So we needed a partner we could trust to come in and take responsibility for the move.

"Megahertz has always been grounded in solid, practical broadcast engineering skills," he said.