Quantel worked with BBC Technology to design and implement the system which will combine the operations of the BBC's national television news programming, BBC News online and BBC World.
In what Quantel chairman Richard Taylor described as the 'world's largest digital integrated news production system', more than 600 journalists will have access via their PCs to 142 journalist desktop editors using QCut and QView. There will also be 20 craft edit stations.
The system will run off 13 Quantel sQServers giving 1400 hours of broadcast resolution storage and 1300 hours of browse quality storage.
Deliveries to the BBC start later this month and the system is due to pilot in late spring.
The deal is of strategic significance to both Quantel and BBC Technology, both of which hope it will pave the way for similar projects in the US. BBC Technology head of partnerships and alliances Michael Holton said: 'We see this as a major step forward in end-to-end newsroom digitization which will be of great value to the broadcast news industry as a whole. The relationship with Quantel that we are developing as this project unfolds gives us a very solid foundation to take this concept jointly to a broader market.'