Winner: Sahara TV

by Leitch

Sahara TV wanted to improve its competitiveness of its Hindi entertainment channel, located near New Delhi. The plan entailed launching seven 24-hour news channels, with the majority of their content resources shared from one facility, while concurrently migrating to digital. Goals included improving journalists' control over the production technology and ultimately building a completely integrated system that would operate under the control of a powerful, easy-to-use automation system.

Sahara chose Leitch's newsroom system to help it meet the requirements of scalability and highly efficient content sharing. Using the nonlinear editors, journalists now have access to clips in shared storage the moment ingest begins. The facility now houses three fully mirrored domains with total storage capability of more than 3500 hours to support its current and future news channels. A mirror server provides data mirroring in each domain and keeps the content in main and backup systems synchronized.

The system links the facility's ENPS newsroom computer system with automation tools for sequencing broadcast news stories. Automation ensures all systems are integrated and MOS-compliant. The automation, coupled with distribution and routing systems, handles ingest simply and efficiently despite the size of the system. Thousands of feeds are recorded on a daily basis and given a specific name or ID through automation, making them easy to locate and acessible by editors.

Key technology: Leitch NEXIO NewsNet newsroom, NEXIO NX4000TXS servers, NEXIO NewsFlash FX NLEs, NEXIO Pilot, NEXIO Playlist event sequencer, InstantOnline EDL conformance engines, Integrator Gold wideband digital multi-rate router, Panacea Clean Switch, DPS-575 digital processing synchronizer, SuiteView multi-source display processor, NEO Simplicity processing modules, LogoMotion II logo inserter, CCS Navigator control and monitoring software, Telescript teleprompters, Pinnacle DekoCast graphics, Vizrt graphics, ENPS news production system, Omnibus systems automation.

Runner-up: CNN NY

by Turner

Key technology: Thomson Grass Valley 512×512 Trinix router, RTS/Telex intercom, Sony MVS-8000 production switcher, Pinnacle Systems production server, encoders and decoders, Liquid Blue edit systems, Vortex Desk Edit, Vortex Browse, Ardendo DART, Aardcap.