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Black News Channel HQ Goes Clear-Com

The Black News Channel broadcast center in Tallahassee, FL is equipped with Clear-Com throughout.

BNC’s Tallahassee, FL broadcast center is equipped with Clear-Com throughout
Black News Channel’s Tallahassee, FL broadcast center is equipped with Clear-Com throughout. Jeanine Zolczynski

Tallahassee, FL (November 19, 2020) — Black News Channel (BNC) launched in February, but nearly as soon as its brand-new headquarters facility went online, it had to shift to a remote production workflow due to COVID restrictions. The flexible, IP-based comms system from Clear-Com, which had been installed in the facility by BeckTV, was able to handle the production switch.

Kenneth Thomas, director of OTT/IT Operations for BNC said, “The comms system was a priority from the facility’s inception, and I knew it would include Clear-Com.”  BNC equipped its facility with Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX Digital Matrix with V-Series intercom panels throughout. Dante and MADI interface cards offered a variety of I/O to other audio, video, and routing equipment, and E-IPA IP interface cards enabled AES-67 for FreeSpeak II wireless. The E-IPA cards allow for flexibility by providing IVC IP connections for the Agent-IC Mobile Intercom App and LQ Series Interfaces hosting SIP telephony and remote site connection capabilities.

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In the Fall of 2019 and Winter of 2020, Black News Channel staff spent time with Clear-Com’s Applications Engineer, Jonathan Sorensen, to familiarize themselves with the system and to finalize custom integrations for their workflows. When it became time to rethink aspects of the system to accommodate remote workflows, BNC relied on prior training to make the changes.

“I can’t say enough about how Clear-Com was there when we needed them, whether it was Saturday night or first thing on Tuesday morning,” said William Bennett, sr. network engineer for BNC.  The Agent-IC Mobile App was used in the transition to much of BNC’s staff relocating into their homes. Agent-IC can integrate with traditional intercom systems, like the Eclipse HX digital matrix in BNC’s headquarters. The app can operate anywhere in the world over 3G, 4G, LTE and WiFi networks, allowing remote team members to connect with the core intercom system.

“The flexibility of the IP-based system, and the amazing support from Jonathan and the team at Clear-Com, allowed us to seamlessly transition to remote production without a hiccup,” concludes BNC’s director of Network Operations, Jefferson Walker.

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