The solutions were supplied by British broadcast audio equipment specialists, Sonifex
Sky UK has recently moved the whole of its Sky News operation into new, state-of-the-art facilities in the Sky Studios building on the Sky TV campus in Osterley, West London. Described as being both the most sustainable broadcast facility of its kind in Europe as well as the most technologically advanced, the Sky Studios project is set to completely change the way that Sky TV works and the scope of content they deliver.
Sky Studios is now home to a brand-new, purpose-built digital news production facility comprising two production galleries, three studios and the newsroom as well as all associated staff, functions and facilities. The new complex is designed to consolidate the various strands of journalism and production workflows to allow better collaboration and more efficient use of content across different output platforms.
According to Tom Pidsley, Project Lead for Sky Production Services who oversaw the audio aspects of the technical installation, it was the ideal opportunity to move part of their workflow over to IP. “This was our first toe in the water with Audio-over-IP, so we have a way to go before we are fully AoIP, but we’re already appreciating the difference,” he commented.
“We elected to use RAVENNA as our main audio transport technology to ensure maximum compatibility with future video standards such as SMPTE ST-2110, as well as current compatibility with AES67. It suits our purpose perfectly.”
Currently, the main areas that have been moved over to an IP workflow are the mix/monitoring systems in the production galleries and in-ear mix/monitoring systems for the presenters. Both solutions were supplied by British broadcast audio equipment specialists, Sonifex, with the IEM mixer systems being specially designed for Sky TV to their bespoke specifications.