Claret, France (April 16, 2015)—Sky News Radio is upgrading its Netia Radio-Assist digital automation software suite to version 8.2 and, in the process, extending and integrating the system with solutions from Logitek Electronic Systems to support audio-over-IP.
The upgrade will give Sky News Radio, the radio arm of the Sky News division of Sky, use of the latest Radio-Assist features and of IP audio transport while enabling operators to continue working within a familiar production environment.
Sky News Radio delivers national and international news, sport, business and showbiz news to more than 300 commercial stations, including Classic FM, Magic FM, LBC, and talkSPORT, as well as several radio stations based outside the UK. Using NETIA's Radio-Assist suite along with Avid's iNews newsroom management system, journalists in the broadcaster's London facilities work 24/7 to produce content for delivery to all the newsrooms across the radio network.
In addition to upgrading from Radio Assist 7.5 to Radio-Assist 8.2, Sky News Radio is installing two new mirrored hard drives and two further line-in recorders, adding an extra profile to the Radio-Assist Autofill system, and dedicating a server to support audio archives. Partnering with Logitek, Netia created a system for capturing simultaneous TV news feeds from Sky's SDI router. A Logitek JetStream Plus with the company's JetNet driver converts up to 12 stereo feeds into audio-over-IP (AoIP) streams, enabling Netia to record the audio continuously for use on the Sky News Radio network. This is the first such integration of NETIA software with Logitek solutions.