The North German Broadcasting Company (NDR), as general contractor, assigned to Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCI) GmbH the task of executing the technical studio renovation of the news programme NDR Info. The new broadcasting and production complex was created in a new radio broadcasting building on Rothenbaumchaussee in Hamburg, replacing the old location constructed by MCI in the 1990s.
The broadcasting area comprises two broadcasting studios for independent operation, a talk room for round table discussion as well as a cockpit. The programmes are supported from the cockpit as regards switching, preliminary talks and telephone campaigns with the screener facility. In the front area with open-plan offices, 26 workplaces were set up with audio work stations for the current reporting. Another 100 workplaces were established in the editing area. In the production area, three production controls with two production studios as well as eight AWS rooms for production and editing were installed.
The mixing console technology is by the DHD firm. A total of seven mixing consoles of the series RM5200 and 40 commando modules were installed and networked with each other. The hardware of the editing systems long used at NDR Info (preparation of contributions, cutting, programme planning and broadcasting operation control) by the VCS firm was renovated. Thus the broadcasting operation controls are based on the new playout controllers. The furniture was planned with the support of our long-term partner kwod design, coordinated in close cooperation with the NDR and manufactured in MCI's own workshops.
After the granting of this commission in May 2009, the assembly was already begun in August after the planning phase. The inspection then followed in December 2009.