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SBS – Australia expands its media operations

Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is expanding the portion of its media operations powered by the Dalet Galaxy media asset management (MAM) and orchestration platform.

The new implementation will facilitate production and distribution of news, sports, radio programmes in multiple languages and music content across the broadcaster’s TV, radio and digital platforms. The new deployment will also bolster SBS’ production capability prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Noel Leslie, CTO, SBS, said: “Following the first phase of our strategic move to streamline our programming content under the management of a single MAM platform, we embarked on phase two in full confidence of our partnership with Dalet. SBS and Dalet teams have worked collaboratively on the software commissioning and the system integration for this project. Change management is also extremely important to us at SBS, and we have made it core to our strategy to involve key stakeholders across the chain and across our geographically spread operation right from the start of the process.”

The system will be deployed across four sites, including the SBS headquarters in Sydney, connected production operation in Melbourne, a third system in Canberra, and a business continuity (BC) / disaster recovery (DR) site, also in Sydney.

Specifically, Dalet will unify content preparation, production and ingest at two TV studios and eight radio studios in Sydney and an additional eight radio studios in Melbourne, bringing together up to 300 simultaneous users working with the system. Video ingest for 50 channels spread across the country, alongside multiple channels of audio ingest, will be centrally managed under the control of Dalet.