News Production & Post

ENPS live under African skies

16 August 2007

CNBC Africa, the continent’s first 24-hour international business channel, has installed ENPS – AP’s electronic news production system – in an impressive and record-breaking six week period. The installation was handled by Inala Broadcast, the authorised distributor for ENPS in the region, writes Andy Stout.

Prompt completion was ensured by prioritising implementation of the entire MOS system, allowing staff to get to grips with a full end-to-end workflow at the earliest opportunity. CNBC also sourced experienced staff from CNBC Arabiya and Pakistan to assist the 37-strong Africa team.

With ENPS technology at the heart of the station’s news production environment, integration is enabled with Pebble Beach Automation, Omneon Video Servers, BDL Autoscript teleprompting system, and Vizrt realtime on-Air Graphics.

When asked to explain its choice of ENPS, Hasan R. Sayed Hasan, chief technical officer of CNBC Africa, Arabiya and Pakistan, said: “ENPS was selected based on its track record in newsroom systems installations around the world, and the good experience using it in other CNBC channels such as CNBC Arabiya and CNBC Pakistan. In addition to its user-friendliness and ease of management and operation, an important advantage of ENPS is its openness to work with various systems such as automation, graphics, prompting systems, and video servers.”

CNBC Africa is owned by Africa Business News Limited Based. Its headquarters are located in Johannesburg, with further offices in Capetown, Nairobi, Lagos and Abuja. The station offers news and current affairs programmes in English from an African perspective, as well as regular updates from CNBC affiliates around the world including Europe, Asia and the US. The station can be found on Multichoice DStv channel 54 and is broadcast via the Sentech Vivid ‘free-to-air’ satellite platform across Africa.

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