Riedel supplies communications technology for ITV Leaders Debate

Riedel Communications supplied a robust communications solution for the ITV Leaders pre-UK General Election debate, held April 2 at MediaCityUK. During the live broadcast event, leading broadcast and production facility provider dock10 used the Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system and MediorNet real-time media network to enable flexible, reliable transport of video, data, and communications signals to the three main broadcasters — Sky, BBC, and ITV — as well as to the Media Hub Centre, hosting more than 300 other members of the global press.

“Riedel’s MediorNet real-time network came into its own during this event, offering valuable flexibility, reliability, and stability throughout an exciting, action-packed day that was full of surprises,” said John O’Shaughnessy, head of technology operations at dock10. “With such a dependable solution underpinning signal transport, the dock10 technology team could deliver all that was asked of it on a very demanding day.”

In addition to serving as the regular production facilitator behind popular U.K. television programmes such as The Voice and Dragons’ Den, dock10 provides MediorNet real-time media links to ITV and BBC, as well as The Pie Factory production base at MediaCityUK. For the ITV Leaders debate held in advance of the UK’s May elections, dock10 was able to use its campus-wide fiber connectivity to link all areas across MediaCityUK and enable transmissions to and from a host of broadcasters. The MediorNet CWDM option enhanced this capability and offered increased capacity that ensured flexibility and reliability in signal delivery.

The ITV Leaders Debate main programme was produced at HQ1, dock10’s 12,500-square-foot studio. ITV news pool feeds, providing pictures to the world’s press, were coordinated from another dock10 studio gallery, HQ3. dock10 deployed one MediorNet at the Piazza in front of the studios to provide video, data and communications to Sky, the BBC and ITV at their OB positions in front of the building. A second MediorNet system was deployed in the Media Hub Centre, which housed additional press, and enabled additional broadcaster live feeds.

“Our MediorNet and Artist systems have been engineered to provide the versatility and quality critical to live broadcast events of all sorts, from sports and entertainment to the political arena,” said Paul Rivens, UK general manager at Riedel Communications. “We have worked closely with dock10 on a variety of high-profile productions, and the company once again made the most of our gear to support an important event leading into the UK’s 2015 general elections.”

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