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Jordan to get first independent TV channel

dB Broadcast has won a multi-million dollar contract to build a brand new TV station in Amman for Jordan’s Al Ghad newspaper publishing group.

dB Broadcast has won a multi-million dollar contract to build a brand new TV station in Amman, Jordan. The station, which is part of Jordan’s Al Ghad newspaper publishing group, will run the country’s first independent TV channel and is scheduled to go on air in the first quarter of 2006.

“This is a very ambitious project and we have a very tight deadline. We’ll be working with Electronic Media Systems (EMS), a London-based systems integrator,” says Tom Swan, dB’s director of sales and marketing. The two companies have worked together on similar projects in Jordan.
The station will consist of one 24x7 channel, broadcasting a mixture of entertainment as well as regional and international news. Technical facilities will include three studios. Studio one will be 750 sq.ms, with 300 removable seats, and equipped with six cameras. It will be used for general entertainment programmes.

Studio two will be 500 sq.ms and also equipped with six cameras. This is intended for general programming and will have facilities similar to Studio one. It will also feature a combined production control/lighting gallery with a separate sound control room. A third, 250 sq.m four-camera news studio will be used for weather reports, interviews and panel discussion programmes. It’ll have a single, integrated control room and voice-over booth.

“Given the size of the Jordan project, off-site pre-fabrication and testing is essential,” explains Swan. “With our purpose-built 16,000 square foot facility in Cambridgeshire, we have successfully pre-fabricated numerous major projects. This enables us to carry out comprehensive testing while building work is still under construction. Recent examples include the BBC’s facilities in Lisbon for coverage of the Euro 2004 football competition, the glass-fronted MTV studio in London’s Leicester Square and QVC’s control rooms.”

The TV station’s newsroom will have a capacity for 30 journalists, with a networked computer system for desk-top viewing and editing. “Committing to such tight timescales requires a substantial pool of resources and it is anticipated that we will require 12 engineers and 15 wiring technicians,” says Swan. “dB alongwith EMS will have a combined staff of nearly 50 working on this project.”

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