ITV says good morning to Britain with Sony DWX29 April 2015
ITV’s flagship breakfast programme, Good Morning Britain, has specified Sony Professional’s DWX digital wireless microphone system for its new studio facilities.
When the programme, presented by Sean Fletcher, Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins (pictured, L–R), moved studios last year, the British broadcaster – which required audio equipment that could both operate stably within a lower frequency range than the previous solution and be flexible enough to work outside the studio – selected 14 DWT-B01 wireless beltpack transmitters, seven DWR-R02D dual mains receivers and two DWM-02 handheld wireless microphones, operating within one 8MHz band.
Paul Nooney, head of sound for Good Morning Britain, explains: “Being familiar with the excellent sound quality of the Sony ECM-77B lapel microphones, we opted for wireless microphone equipment that matched this performance. The system installed by [hire company] Better Sound gives incredible range and stability across the production floor, but we also enjoy fantastically sharp audio when shooting outside of the studio complex or on the South Bank. Having that flexibility is invaluable.”
Brian Clarke, senior manager at Better Sound, adds: “The excellent transmission range and signal stability of the DWX series make it ideal for the intense and varied workload of a daily production schedule. With its flexibility and reliability, Sony’s DWX series is fast becoming the audio technology of choice for television programming.”
The DWX series (pictured above right), which now boasts an expanded frequency spectrum with four different channel versions, was among the Sony solutions on show in Frankfurt for Prolight + Sound earlier this month. Also on display was the UWP-D series of compact wireless solutions and the PCM-D100 audio recorder, which allows recording and playback of high-resolution linear 192kHz/24bit PCM audio formats and is compatible with 2.8MHz/1bit Direct Stream Digital (DSD).