Manchester, UK (September 27, 2011)—Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup has supplied a large Nexus audio network to BBC North for its new MediaCityUK campus in Salford, near Manchester.
Spread over a 200-acre site two miles outside Manchester, MediaCityUK is home of several media production companies and intended to become the new hub for media content creation and innovation in the UK. The BBC facilities comprise three buildings and a shared studio block and will be the place of work for more than 2,300 BBC employees from 2012 on.
The Nexus will be used for linking studio and production areas in the building with external lines for connection to transmitters and other sites such as London’s Broadcasting House and TV Centre and various outside broadcast venues, as well as the audio router and communication system of the facilities. The order was placed following a competitive tender against the BBC’s framework contract holders.
At the heart of the system are two Stagetec Nexus Star routers to which are connected 21 Nexus Base Devices spread around all three buildings. The system has an overall capacity of about 7,600 I/O channels with a mix of analogue, AES and MADI ports that will be controlled and configured by the broadcaster’s own control system, Colledia Control. MADI connections are used for networking the Star routers, the Base Devices in studios and production rooms and the mixing and intercom system.
Chris Collings, managing director of Aspen Media Ltd., UK distributor for Nexus, comments, “Nexus is highly resilient in that in addition to the redundancy installed in each Star, the Base Devices are self-contained routers that can provide local routing independent of the central routers.”
Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup