The BBC has awarded Quantel a framework contract for supplying video editing systems for its news output.


The contract lasts until 2014 with an option for a further year’s extension and is potentially worth in excess of £10 million.

Quantel has also been awarded a framework contract to supply playout servers over the same period.

Quantel chief executive Ray Cross said: “No other company in this space has technology like ours. We’re delighted that the broadcaster has recognised that Quantel offers a path to the future that meets its needs for efficiency while fully supporting the ever-expanding horizons of the multi-media age.”

Quantel won the contract following a year-long bidding process and exhaustive technical and operational reviews.

Key system attributes required by the broadcaster included:

  • Improved integration across all platforms - TV, mobile, web etc
  • 3rd party integration including Final Cut Pro
  • Complete integration between editing clients and video storage
  • Intelligent technology that reduces overall system complexity and costs
  • The ability to support fast turnaround programming, particularly in news
  • Resilience, agility and ease of operation
  • Intuitive, easy to learn interfaces for the Corporation’s journalists and production staff across its news and children’s news
  • Modularity, interoperability and extensibility using standard protocols and architectures