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BBC Arabic deploys Autoscript and IBIS

While IBIS has provided applications for 24-hour news transmission playout from two BBC studios, Autoscript will provide the English and Arabic teleprompting operational support that the Arabic channel needs.

BBC World Service's Arabic TV channel, which is scheduled to go on air this autumn, has invested in Autoscript and IBIS systems. The IBIS playout applications have been chosen for 24-hour news transmission playout from two BBC studios, integrating with Omneon Spectrum media servers, DaletPlus News Suite and an AP ENPS newsrooms system.

Each studio will have two IBIS ServerPlay applications. One four-channel ServerPlay will be used for the main playout using rundowns sent from ENPS via MOS. The other ServerPlay will be used for backgrounds, loops and any other clip playout required which has not been scheduled via an ENPS rundown. Both a main and standby MOS gateway to ENPS are included. Two IBIS ServerBase applications - one main and one failover - will provide Media management for the Omneon Spectrum media servers servers and additional M OS interfacing for both studios. Graphics will be provided by a Vizrt system, which will be interfaced to the IBIS ServerPlay using the BBC ‘BigTed' interface.

BBC Arabic will also use Autoscript's support for its teleprompting needs. Autoscript will provide the English and Arabic teleprompting operational support that the news and information channel needs.

Two prompting specialists will be provided thirteen hours a day, 365 days a year, at two studios based at BBC's newly refurbished facility Broadcasting House in London. The installation will use the latest systems available from Autoscript, including 17-inch on-air monitors and ClockPlus, an LED SMPTE/EBU time code display with the ability to change instantly from green (standby) to red (live or recording) when an appropriate tally input is applied.

One studio will use Autoscript's RAT (receive and transmit) wireless scroll, which allows a presenter to move around a studio and control the speed of the prompted text and also Autoscript will provide a Wireless ‘Opto' foot control, a potless scroll that offers maximum precision for controlling scripts. "The coming BBC Arabic TV channel will be a true multi-media operation that will span content across television, radio and BBC interactive services," says Jerry Timmins, head of Africa and the Middle East region, BBC World Service. "The combination of Autoscript's technology and their around-the-clock service and support made them the right choice for BBC Arabic," he adds.

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