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All India Radio acquires digital news & automation system

All India Radio (AIR), the country’s public radio broadcaster, is replacing its existing news and radio automation system with the Radio-Assist 8.1 family of digital audio software programs.

The installation of NETIA software at AIR’s national broadcast station and across 48 local stations comprises more than 1,000 workstations. The new software’s coding will enable AIR to broadcast in 17 languages and dialects.

Radio-Assist covers each part of the production and broadcast workflow, allowing users to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. In addition to browse and publishing tools for full multimedia functionality, the software features tools for acquisition, archiving, audio editing, commercial and music production, newsroom systems, scheduling, broadcasting, and administration.

AIR, the sister service to national television broadcaster Doordarshan, is one of the largest radio networks in the world in terms of the number of broadcast languages and the socio-economic and cultural diversity of its audience. The broadcaster’s home service comprises 277 stations located across the country, reaching nearly 92 per cent of the country’s area and 99 per cent of the total population.