imgDubai (June 5, 2014)—Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) Group, headquartered in Dubai, is using Lawo consoles to broadcast to Dubai and beyond, including to Saudi-Arabia and Iraq.

The group’s MBC Radio division operates six studios in Dubai, which are equipped with Lawo sapphire mixing consoles. It also operates regional studios outside of the Emirate. The Riyadh studio has recently moved into self-op radio programming, using a new Lawo 20-key panel for remote control of the mixing consoles in Dubai, and a TCP/IP line for signal transfer. The feed is duplicated to a codec and landline, as backup to the satellite connection.

The Dubai radio production complex—which has been on air since summer 2013—comprises three studios for producing MBC FM, Panorama and Iraq radio programming. These studios have four 20-fader sapphire consoles complete with overbridges for radio on-air production, and a Nova17 MKII router to network all of the consoles and act as an audio router. A fourth Lawo-equipped studio operates as production studio but can also serve as an on-air studio, while Studios 5 and 6 serve as backup studios.

Each of the six studios can be connected to any of the six networks, and the switching can be managed either centrally or autonomously by each individual studio. Six different commercial playout streams are supplied centrally by the router to the respective networks, with full automation. The commercial playouts and studios are supplied automatically, via the radio automation system, including providing the correct monitoring in the various studios.