MBC 2 unveils new transmission centre

Sony Broadcast and Professional has announced the successful completion of MBC’s new transmission complex in Bahrain.

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By  Marcus Webb Published  March 23, 2003

Sony Broadcast and Professional has announced the successful completion of MBC’s new transmission complex in Bahrain, project on which Sony acted as the primary contractor.

An English language channel, hosting movies, light entertainment and music for the Middle East region, MBC 2 was launched on the 12 January. The professional services division of Sony delivered a complete transmission complex for the channel that includes a dedicated transmission control room, central apparatus room and master control room. Infrastructure has also been included for the provision of a production studio and digital editing facilities.
“The new channel will expose MBC to a new audience and we were delighted we could partner with Sony to achieve a successful launch,” says Ihab El Baba, technical director, MBC.

Sony also acted as primary solution provider in the relocation of MBC from its main headquarters in London to its new premises in Dubai Media City in 2001. “We are pleased to continue our successful working relationship with the leading news and entertainment broadcaster in the region, and aim to further strengthen our association with MBC, supporting them with any future technological requirements,” says Hassan Ghoul, general manager, Sony Broadcast and Professional Middle East.

Sony also supported MBC prior to launch with operational training combined with on-air engineering support. “Sony expertly integrated the transmission facilities for MBC 2 under pressure and against challenging deadlines,” says El Baba. “Sony’s successful relationship with MBC is based on their delivery of a professional service that meets our technical and operational requirements but also realises business benefits by meeting our business needs.”

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