DOHA: Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) has announced to develop 3G digital broadcast infrastructure to improve work efficiency and content management through an integrated media network based on collaborative and unified file-based workflow.
The new state-of-the-art facilities, including multiple High Definition (HD) studios, will help establish effective communication and speedier transfer of information from and to Al Jazeera's 70 bureaus scattered across the world.
Al Jazeera has singed a QR520m ($143m) contract with Sony Professional Solutions MEA (Sony PSMEA) to implement the ambitious project, said a statement issued by Sony PSMEA yesterday.
Mostefa Souag, Acting Director General of AJMN said: "This project will be a major boon to our work worldwide. It will enhance communication and transfer of information from and to our bureaus, and between our channels especially Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Balkans and Al Jazeera America."
He said that the initiative is largely because of the nature of the work of Al Jazeera network. "Our brilliant journalists gathering news across the globe and providing it quickly to viewers - this deal will be significant for us at Al Jazeera and for the public."
The project involves building 3G broadcast infrastructure, including a pioneering network wide Broadcast IT project, providing unified file-based workflows for News and Programme planning, production, transmission and archiving. The facility will have multiple HD studios, and Global Media Management System (GMMS) offering a collaborative workflow for digital assets within the network thereby increasing the efficiency of content management, distribution and delivery on air.
Robert Sherman, Managing Director of Sony PSMEA, added:
"It is a great privilege for us to work with Al Jazeera on this project. Once complete it will enable AJMN to operate in a highly effective manner, assisting the network to achieve their significant growth plans. The solutions we are providing are truly state-of-the-art and will be a great example of how advanced the broadcast facilities in the Middle East have become."