Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) is in the middle of a major expansion programme at its main television studios centre, which has included the installation of a new digital intercom system, writes Kevin Hilton. A 36 port Trilogy Communications Orator compact talkback (pictured) has been used to link the recently built Central Equipment Room (CRE), Master Control Room (MCR) and two TV studios. The matrices and user panels are connected over CAT5 cable using RJ45 plugs. This is networked through E1 circuits to an Orator digital matrix in MBC's existing facilities. The broadcaster also uses Orator with in-ear monitors and beltpacks, plus Mentor XL and MasterMind Changeover master reference generator units, for its digital OB trucks, which went on the road in 2003. Another reason for selecting Orator is the ability to store four full configurations in the matrix, which can then be called up without having a PC connected to the system. This has proved useful in situations where time is limited for set-up and preparation. Commenting on the installation, Barry Spencer, general manager for broadcast at Trilogy, says, "Having previously deployed Trilogy equipment, MBC wanted to utilise their previous investments but add additional capabilities and increase the scalability of their communications network across the new studios. Working together, we provided full on line support to MBC engineers to ensure they had maximum performance, whilst minimising expenditure and time spent on configuration. We look forward to continuing to work with them to meet all of their future studio and OB van requirements." www.mbcradio.tv/
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.