Studer has supplied seven Vista 5 consoles to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information, which takes responsibility for the kingdom’s TV broadcasting, operating the four networks of Saudi TV. Although the company has supplied numerous on-air consoles and radio automation systems to radio stations in the country, these are the first digital desks to be deployed by Saudi government-owned TV stations. The consoles are being delivered by Riyadh-based systems integrators First Gulf Company (FGC), which is collaborating with Studer for the first time.
The first three Vista 5 consoles have already been installed in the Riyadh TV Center, which houses the facilities for the Saudi Sport and Saudi News channels, the latter known as al-Ikhbariya, with the third console going into Production Studio D. The other two Vista 5 desks will be installed in the new TV center in Dammam, where they will be used in the Saudi TV production studio and in the Saudi TV news studio. Two consoles are destined for on-site HD TV studios at the mosques of Mecca and Medina. All audio installations are taking place as part of an ongoing program to upgrade the state-run TV facilities to HD capability.
Having seven digital consoles operational in the TV networks of Saudi Arabia completes the regional picture for Studer, which has been consolidating its reputation and user base in the Middle East for the last 10 years. This summer, in Abu Dhabi, the government-owned Emirates Media will receive four outside broadcast vehicles equipped with Vista 8 and Vista 5 audio consoles, which have been built by Thomson in France.
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