Cambridge-based systems integrator DB Broadcast has won the contract to install the video production areas within the BBC’s Broadcasting House redevelopment, a project that will create one of the largest live newsrooms in the world.
The contract covers the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of all equipment for video production located within the studios, galleries, edit suites, graphic areas, newsroom and local apparatus rooms.
When complete, most of the BBC’s news output will have moved from TV Centre to Portland Place, W1, as will the entire World Service production operation, which is currently at Bush House.
The specification is for a 1.5G (1080i) HD-SDI video system with an upgrade path to 3G HD-SDI.
Where it is technically feasible and cost-effective, DB Broadcast will also install elements capable of supporting 3G HD-SDI and around 30 edit suites.
The entire redevelopment is costing £1.05bn, £55m more than originally planned. It will open in 2013, four years behind schedule.
DB Broadcast recently won a contract from BSkyB to build the broadcast centre technical facilities within Sky’s new production and broadcasting facility on its Osterley Campus in West London