BBC adds Omneon Spectrum servers to support BBC Persian TV news workflow

BBC Persian TV, a new service launched in January by BBC World Service, is using Omneon Spectrum media servers for ingest and playout at the BBC facilities in London.

The Omneon server systems support a tapeless workflow for BBC Persian TV, which is broadcasting eight hours of daily current affairs and features news content for Persian speakers in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and worldwide. BBC Persian TV complements the BBC's existing radio and online news offerings in Persian.

The installation for BBC Persian TV is based on the same tapeless workflow model used for the launch of BBC Arabic TV in 2008. Employing Spectrum servers at the heart of the BBC Persian TV project, the BBC leverages the systems' open architecture to enable tight integration with other broadcast systems for optimal workflow efficiency. The Spectrum systems feature a modular design that enables scaling of capacity and functionality without disruption of news delivery.

The Omneon systems are integrated with the DaletPlus News Suite media asset management (MAM) platform and production tool, along with IBIS playout control, to provide a streamlined news production workflow for BBC Persian TV. Content ingested to the Omneon Spectrum ingest servers under the control of DaletPlus is identified and registered by the MAM system and made available for editing on journalist workstations. Once news clips are finished, they are registered in the MAM system and transferred to redundant Omneon Spectrum playout servers. IBIS ServerPlay, integrated with the facility's ENPS, cues up clips based on a continually updated rundown and triggers playout from the Spectrum system accordingly.