Shopping channel QVC UK has moved into new broadcast facilities in London, featuring HD studios and audio equipment including Calrec consoles, Pyramix digital audio workstations and Clear-Com digital intercom. QVC's UK programming is now produced and broadcast from a complex in Chiswick, west London. The building has been fitted with a Clear-Com communications system to allow staff to send and receive critical messages concerning the programmes from any location on the site. The intercom installation is based on the Eclipse-Omega, which connects wireless FreeSpeak units being used on the studio floor and elsewhere to Eclipse V-Series key panels in the galleries of QVC's two HD studios. The broadcaster had used Freespeak at its previous studio centre and the decision was taken for technical staff to continue to use it for mobile comms in the new building. "The FreeSpeak solution was the main reason we selected Clear-Com again for our new facility," comments Alex Guiton, broadcast products engineer at QVC UK. "We had used the system at our former facility and we were very happy with the quality. The floor staff, production assistants, camera operators and technical staff all use FreeSpeak, with about 30 to 40 belt packs operating at one time. Another great feature of the FreeSpeak is that it fully integrates with the Eclipse-Omega to provide a complete wired and wireless intercom solution." The audio control rooms of each of the two studio galleries feature Calrec Audio Artemis desks, which are on a Hydra network. The sound post suits are based on eMerging Pyramix recording and editing workstations. Presenters in the studios use Lectrosonics in-ear monitors and Audio Limited radio mics. www.qvcuk.com
Clear-Com connects Beijing Television
Intercom specialist Clear-Com has supplied a digital matrix and wireless communications system to Beijing Television (BTV), which allows the state broadcaster to connect intercoms in its new broadcast facility and established studio centre, writes Kevin Hilton.