Harris bags second project from Iraqi Media Network

Iraq’s public television and radio broadcasting organisation has signed Harris on for a three-month period to provide it with programming support, systems integration and deployment work.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  February 2, 2005

Iraqi Media Network (IMN), Iraq’s public television and radio broadcasting organisation, has awarded a second project to Harris Corporation. The scope of the three-month contract includes training, programming support, systems integration and deployment work for IMN, which currently runs operations in Baghdad and 30 other locations in Iraq. Funding for the US $22 million contract will be provided solely by the Iraqi government. "We're pleased to support Iraq's public broadcasting network at such a crucial point in this country's transition to democracy," says Howard L. Lance, chairperson, president, and chief executive officer of Harris Corporation. "IMN will play an important role in reporting on the national elections, and Harris and its local partners will provide vital support services through this contract." Work on a previous IMN contract was successfully completed in early January. Originally awarded to Harris in January 2004 by the Defense Contracting Command, that contract scope included requirements for broadcast and printing equipment, broadcast studio and transmission systems design and integration, network operations, and employee training. "In spite of the obvious security challenges, the Harris team created a world-class broadcast environment and successfully upgraded the production capabilities of Al Sabah, the national newspaper. As the capabilities of the media network have grown, so have the dedication and professionalism of the more than 1,000 IMN employees, who are all Iraqi citizens," adds Lance. The Harris team completed construction of a news studio and an entertainment studio in central Baghdad. The public television network, named Al Iraqiya, now has a 24-hour news desk and programming that features 80% Iraqi content including news, sports, business, and weather coverage. Public radio programming includes both talk and music formats. IMN has full technical capability to produce live entertainment and news commentary programmes. New equipment and facilities for the Al Sabah newspaper helped to increase production capabilities from 60,000 to 350,000 copies per day. For the previous project, Harris was supported by Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) and Al Fawares, a Kuwaiti company with Iraqi ownership.

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