The BBC has awarded Quantel a four year framework contract as supplier for video editing systems for its news output, worth a potential _10m plus to the Newbury manufacturer.
Quantel has also been awarded a framework contract to supply playout servers over the same period.
The company won the contract following a year-long bidding process and exhaustive technical and operational reviews. The scope of the broadcaster’s needs over the coming few years is enormous, with both BBC News’ move to a new location in London and the relocation of its Children’s news teams to Salford scheduled for 2011.
“The BBC continues to maintain its reputation as one of the world’s most forward-thinking broadcasters. It has a very clear vision as to where broadcasting needs to go in future and how to get there most efficiently,” said Quantel CEO, Ray Cross. “No other company in this space has technology like ours. We’re delighted that the broadcaster has recognised that Quantel offers a path to the future that meets its needs for efficiency while fully supporting the ever-expanding horizons of the multi-media age. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Corporation as we supply its news production requirements over the coming years.”