Getting 11 separate regional studios to communicate seamlessly with zero disruptions to on-air time is no small feat, but ITV has accomplished that with help from Clear-Com’s® IP-based wireless communications systems. Working with primary system integrator IPE, the UK broadcaster recently converted three studios to the FreeSpeak II® wireless intercom system, completing its company-wide adoption of Clear-Com that began in 2014.
ITV noted it chose Clear-Com’s technology for its flexibility, easy deployment and ability to deliver clear audio quality between studios and remote locations.
“The Clear-Com system provides the basic building blocks we need to cost-effectively add functionality while increasing operations efficiency and productivity with minimal learning curves,” said Steve Teague, Head of Technical Services, ITV News Group. “The system has proven to be efficient to configure and install, with the staff at each studio able to maintain their familiar workflows.”
The first phase of ITV’s conversion was completed in 2017, accomplishing the broadcaster’s goals of establishing a MADI and IP production workflow foundation across all its sites. A Clear-Com solution – consisting of Eclipse® HX-Delta digital matrix platform with V-Series™ control panels, MVX and MADI cards – was rolled out across ITV Tyne Tees (Newcastle), ITV West Country (Bristol), ITV Central (Birmingham), ITV Anglia (Norwich), ITV Wales (Cardiff) and ITV Channel (Jersey and Guernsey).
“We’ve established a reliable and flexible communications backbone for the distribution of audio and data signals across hundreds of users within an intercom system network,” Teague said.