24. September 2021 Mark

Cross-media broadcast complex for MDR AKTUELL

In the course of the entire trimedial strategy process of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, the previously different and spatially separated editorial offices of MDR AKTUELL were also merged.The TV, radio and online playout channels now work together cross-medially at a single editorial location at MDR in Leipzig. To this end, a new broadcasting complex was created on site, consisting essentially of two anchor studios, each with an attached news anchor studio and a two-part control room. In addition, a studio for cross-media pre-productions and a weather studio were built.

All studio technical facilities can be used very flexibly within the broadcasting complex. This is the prerequisite for cross-media work and should ensure that changing programming requirements can be reflected in this broadcasting complex in the future.

For this purpose, Studio Hamburg MCI was awarded the contract at the end of 2018 to technically equip the new broadcasting and editorial premises of MDR AKTUELL. The order included the broadcast and conference technology lots. The lot of studio furniture was awarded to Studio Hamburg Werkstätten, so that the entire order could be carried out in close coordination between MCI and the workshops.

MCI’s integration team took care of the broadcast technology, the equipment for the conference technology, and the installation of trusses for the presentation and information systems.

The two-part control room complex was equipped with DHD 52-MX mixing surfaces as well as the corresponding DSPs, audio and control interfaces. A total of six studios (two anchor studios, two news studios, one weather studio and one trimedial sound booth) were equipped with DHD control consoles, production technology and an AVT telephone screener system. Also the dira! Production and playout system was integrated with all related components. The central DHD 52/XD2 program matrix provides the corresponding interfaces to the control rooms, the studios, the editorial workstations, and the connection to the Halle radio control center. The IHSE KVM system and the integration of 79 audio workstations with a wide variety of work process-specific equipment were also part of the integration and configuration package.

In the editorial area, 43 workstations were each equipped with a DHD 52/TX mixing console and also integrated via the program matrix.

Stefan Noseck, overall project manager at MDR: “In the course of the public tender, the three lots fell to one company. This proved to be very advantageous, as it resulted in many synergy effects through all project phases, from planning and coordination of the trades to acceptance.”

The equipment of the editorial and broadcasting areas with ProAV media technology components included all conference areas as well as 19 trusses up to 7.5 m long for presentation and information systems. A total of 70 Samsung digital signage displays were installed on the trusses. They enable the presentation of editorial content, news feeds and TV programs, as sources of information for editorial teams.

Nils Kranenberg, Project Manager MCI: “Thanks to MDR’s excellent pre-planning, all systems were installed quickly and according to schedule, and configured specifically for MDR. The cooperation with Audioone for the installation and with DHD as the main supplier also worked smoothly.”

As general contractor, MCI was responsible for the planning, installation, cabling, commissioning and configuration of all broadcast and media technology components, both in the cross-media broadcast and editorial rooms and in the central equipment room. All systems were handed over to MDR at the turn of the year.