Meredith Selects Harris Package for Centralcasting Hub

The Meredith organization’s Local Media Group has names Harris Corp. as the supplier of equipment for the group’s planned Atlanta centralcasting hub.

Meredith’s Local Media Group owns 12 television stations, and will be centralizing operations for those located in Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, South Carolina, Michigan and Connecticut outlets. The company will be constructing the centralcasting hub around the Harris ONE system, which features Nexio Amp media platform, Predator II multiviewers, Platinum and Panacea routers, ADC automation, as well as other components.

“We are building a complete file-based solution in Atlanta to support a minimum of 12 HD streams and implementing a full-form centralized model, so we had to understand the traditional flow of content today and where we wanted everything to go,” said Larry Oaks, vice president of technology for Meredith. “We decided to look at single-vendor solutions to ensure a lower-cost implementation and integrated functionality among all of the components. We believe that the Harris solution delivers both of these benefits to support a very successful centralized, file-based broadcast operation.”

The first three hub locations are expected to be active by the end of this year, with other stations being added on in mid-2010.