August 17, 2011
Largest African broadcaster signs up for ENPS, AP's world-leading news production system
LONDON - SABC, the largest broadcaster on the continent of Africa, has committed its news production future to ENPS by placing an order for the world-leading news production system from The Associated Press. South African Broadcasting Corp. will deploy ENPS nationwide and across both television and radio - an installation which will encompass 15 sites in total. The decision was made after a public tender process and rigorous evaluation. AP’s main partner in the project will be ATG Broadcast, the ENPS system will be integrated with Quantel and Miranda equipment.
SABC Chief Technical Officer Richard Waghorn said: “We are very impressed with what we have seen of ENPS and we believe that the integration of several top-drawer vendors will give us the best combination of performance and reliability. The new system will be a significant event for our news teams in that it will align the SABC with other international broadcasters.”
The scale of SABC’s requirements will put the project in the top bracket of ENPS installations around the world. AP Director of International Business Development for ENPS Paddy Payne said: “I am delighted that ENPS has emerged successfully from what has been a rigorous period of evaluation. We will be proud to offer not only the customary ENPS commitment to quality and service but also support in our system for all 11 official languages of the Rainbow Nation.”
ENPS has been represented throughout the sales and assessment process by Inala Broadcast, the authorised ENPS Distributor for southern Africa since 2007. Inala Broadcast will be heavily involved in installing, training and commissioning the system, as well as providing ongoing support for the SABC’s newsgathering operations within ENPS.
ENPS is the world’s most advanced, reliable and widely-used news production system, with leading market share and used by more than 60,000 reporters, writers, editors and producers in 800 newsrooms in 60 countries.
In Africa, ENPS is already installed from Algerian TV (ENTV) and Egyptian State TV (ERTU) in the north to CNBC Africa, Botswana TV/Radio, TV Zimbo and Summit TV in the south.
Because AP is not allied with any one hardware vendor, users of AP systems are able to take advantage of best-fit solutions for external systems.