Paris, France (August 28, 2009)–France 24, an international news and current affairs TV station, has installed three Studer Vista 5 consoles.
The Paris-based channel was launched in December 2006 to broadcast French news throughout the world in French, English and Arabic. Today it broadcasts 24 hours a days in French and English, and ten hours a day in Arabic (with Spanish due to be added shortly).
Since the complexity of multiple translations was making operation more and more difficult, France 24 decided to replace its three on-air consoles with Vista 5s, placing the order through Studer’s French distributors, Audiopole.
Jean-Philippe Blanchard, director of the broadcast division at Audiopole, confirmed, “France 24 was being expected to handle more and more mix minus signals and simultaneous translations–and it was a nightmare to do that with their existing consoles.”
Each console is identically equipped with 12 mic inputs, 32 analog line inputs, 40 analog line outputs and 32 AES in/out. The analog line inputs are used for telephone lines coming from a Studer Call Management System (CMS) and translation booths. The AES I/Os are used for links to the video servers.
Audiopole has enjoyed an association with France 24 extending back to the very beginning, when the company sold a talkback system. It was the subsequent sale of that CMS–the first in France–that marked the station’s first experience with the Studer brand. “They were very happy with the product and the support we gave,” Blanchard reflects.
Commenting on the latest installations, Olivier Tournedouet, France 24’s chief engineer for this project, said: “The Studer Vista 5 mixing console is easy to operate, more flexible [than the previous desks] and the ergonomics are perfectly suited to our work. It also demonstrates very good audio quality and has clearly been designed for broadcast applications.”