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ITN uses Custom Consoles for new production control room

8 August 2013
ITN uses Custom Consoles for new production control room

ITN has chosen a Module-R desk as part of a technical upgrade at its headquarters in Gray’s Inn Road, central London. More than 8.8m in breadth, the desk is an in-line design and has been installed in Studio Control Suite A.

"The new control desk is based on Custom Consoles’ Module-R series which enabled us to configure exactly the structure we needed without the expense of a fully bespoke design," said ITN’s head of Broadcast Engineering, Paul Flook. "The desk is wide enough to accommodate a production team of up to seven people. To achieve this within the space available, we specified a configuration giving extra front-to-back depth to the camera control and lighting section at the right-hand of the desk, a Strand lighting mixer being mounted at 45° across a corner section."

The Module-R range enables customers and system integrators to create control room desks from a selection of standard interlocking elements.

ITN’s new control facility consists of six in-line desk sections combined to form a single unit, plus an integrated right-hand sub-unit supporting the lighting mixer. The two desks immediately right of the switcher are fitted with larger equipment bays plus inset camera control panels. A lighting control desk accommodates two 8U high equipment bays and additional support for the horizontal worktop.

"Custom Consoles has worked with us on many furniture projects over the years," he added, "most recently providing Module-R desks for the main production gallery and audio control room at Channel 5 News. The desks are ergonomically efficient, attractively styled and very robust. They also provide the easy access needed during equipment installation and maintenance."

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