City TV has awarded a turnkey contract for production systems across its eight restricted service licence (RSL) stations to Panasonic Broadcast Europe.

City TV will base its production and transmission on the

City TV has awarded a turnkey contract for production systems across its eight restricted service licence (RSL) stations to Panasonic Broadcast Europe.

City TV will base its production and transmission on the DVCPRO format and has ordered a complete DVCPRO interoperable tape and server system for its Taunton station - the first of the eight to go on air from March - with the format used from acquisition through post-production to playout. Equipment includes DVCPRO camcorders and VTRs and three Panasonic DVEdit non-linear editing systems.

City director and general manager Paul Kalwa said: 'The Taunton production centre will be the model for the other stations and we'll be networking some of our programming, such as drama and entertainment.'

While production budgets may be low, even by current niche channel standards, Kalwa believes the stations will offer a good training ground for professionals entering the TV industry - and one of the reasons for choosing DVCPRO was its wide adoption in colleges.

The Taunton station is the fourth RSL station in the UK to choose DVCPRO following Lanarkshire TV, Derry Media, and Channel 6 in Scotland.