Australian broadcast systems integrator, Techtel recently announced that one of ABC News busiest studios (Studio 38) has gone live in Melbourne with Techtel’s broadcast automation solution. This comes as the next step of a multi-year project – integrated, managed and supported by Techtel, covering ABC news studios nationwide and involving a global range of strategically chosen software and hardware technology partners.
The Melbourne studio features Telemetrics cameras with both a manual and automatic capability, which can be quickly switched between manual and automatic modes by the same operator, making Studio 38 the first Australian newsroom to employ this cutting-edge technology. ABC News is also the first ever news broadcaster to benefit from CueScript’s on screen timer within the prompter monitor, which enables operators to add in messages, clocks and timers without disrupting the prompting script.
Studio 38 is one of ABC’s largest and busiest, news studios producing local and national programs including News Breakfast, Melbourne 7PM News and The World and News Tonight. Therefore, it was imperative for Techtel to implement a fast and seamless transition.
“33 years of experience in a fast-paced news environment have allowed us to complete the entire transition with zero impact to on-air broadcasting. We’ve accomplished the changeover on Sunday night, and the 6am News Breakfast Show on Monday morning aired from the brand new, enhanced system”, said Matt Feeney, Director of Projects at Techtel.
“We continue to invest in our vendor partnerships to ensure that we can support the technological growth for our customers, such as ABC News, who are now at the forefront of automation in news broadcasting”, added Mal Chandler, Techtel CEO.
Studio 38 is ABC’s 5th studio to go live using the latest, fully automated broadcast technology commissioned, integrated and supported by Techtel. Techtel also commissioned the Perth news studio (Studio 62) in the same week as Melbourne making it a big week for the ABC and Techtel! Other sites already using the new systems include studios in Canberra, Brisbane and Hobart that are already on air from 2017.