Bern, Switzerland (September 1, 2006)–The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation has opened an all-new facility for its Federal Parliament Radio & Television Center in Bern, immediately adjacent to the Parliament building in the center of the city. With six new radio studios, all equipped with Studer’s on-air digital audio consoles, the Bundeshaus Produktionszentrum has completed its transition to becoming a fully digital station.
In 2001, the Center started to implement digital technology, and the move to new facilities has completed the process, with DAVID DigaSystem production systems on each journalist’s desk, a tapeless server and Studer OnAir 3000 digital audio mixers in each of the six radio studios, together with a Studer Route 1000 System.
Journalists are able to accomplish most of their work on the desktop workstations, apart from tasks that require the use of an open microphone. For this purpose, there are six mini studios for recording voiceovers or telephone interviews. The rest of radio program production is handled by three interview studios, which can be self-op, and three larger round-table studios, with room for up to five or six guests in discussion or phone-ins, plus a booth for a studio engineer.
Joachim Rüede, director of the Bundeshaus Produktionszentrum, explained the uniquely multi-lingual dimension of the facility. “In the newsroom, our journalists are working in five different languages. The journalist uses a workstation to gain access to the editorial system of the corporation, which is centrally held, but archived according to the region. When the journalist starts using any Studer OnAir 3000, the completely transparent system is able to take the user’s password and log them directly into his or her own region, using Swiss, German, Italian or the appropriate language. This means that each of our audio consoles is interchangeable, giving us complete flexibility. If we hadn’t worked this way, we would have needed more equipment, certainly five or six round-table studios instead of the three that we have.”