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Gearhouse Broadcast, a leading broadcast solutions supplier, has provided complete project consultancy, supply and implementation of the entire broadcast infrastructure at a new London studio facility for Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world’s largest religious network. The ambitious project has seen a 32,000 sq. ft. former cinema in Willesden, north London, transformed into a three floor HD studio complex that TBN will use to deliver localised Christian content to UK audiences via multiple delivery platforms including Sky, Freesat and Freeview.

The new state-of-the-art HDTV production facilities went live on Thursday 20 February 2014 and feature three separate studio floors, along with four galleries, all of which are interchangeable. The ground floor studio features a 200 seat auditorium, designed to host talk shows and live music. The first floor houses a studio with a green screen infinity wall, as well as the main production and audio galleries, lighting and camera control area and equipment racks. A smaller studio set and two additional galleries are located on the top floor.

In terms of kit requirements, TBN was keen for its new UK facilities to mirror its American ones, so Gearhouse Broadcast delivered eight Grass Valley LDK 8000 HD camera channels and a Grass Valley Karrera vision mixer along. A Harris Platinum MX  router, which incorporates audio embedding, audio de-embedding and multiviewing into a compact box, was also supplied along with Harris reference, Graphics and glue. Gearhouse Broadcast also worked alongside entertainment systems specialists Glantre Engineering on the lighting design within the studios.

One particular feature of the new facilities is that the radio microphones work anywhere within the building, without having to move the receivers around. To achieve this, Gearhouse Broadcast designed and installed an intelligent RF distribution system which has pick up points on each floor, and distributes the RF into multiple receivers, complete with filters to ensure that no external noise is picked up.

“Our aim with this new studio facility in London is to be able to offer localised content to the UK, to the same standard that we’re able to do in the US,” said Richard Fleming, managing director of TBN-Europe. “It was important that we found a partner who could offer expertise on the entire project, rather than just supplying equipment, and we’re delighted with the support that Gearhouse Broadcast has been able to provide.”