MGI works with Canford to finalise major news facility in Egypt
EGYPT: Media Group International (MGI) recently approached Canford to supply substantial quantities of custom made cables and specialist microphones to help complete its outfitting of a news facility in Cairo, Egypt. As part of the Middle East Broadcasting Centre’s (MBC) premier news centre, the new Egyptian facility consists of a broadcast control room/gallery, a central apparatus room, an audio studio, a broadcast studio, a master control room, a newsroom and various editing and production facilities.
‘MBC’s on-air requirements meant that we were up against extremely tight deadlines,’ reflected Paul Wallis, MGI’s sales director. ‘As a result we were keen to work with suppliers such as Canford who we knew would deliver efficiently and with minimal lead times’.
The project installation timescale necessitated much of the infrastructure cabling being fabricated in advance of full site access. Canford’s 35-year reputation for supplying reliable interconnection components and its flexible manufacturing operation were vital assets in the UK supplier landing the role.
Numerous pre-terminated cables were shipped to the facility using Canford’s own cable designs including the VCS coaxial video cable terminated with Telegartner HD BNCs and standard microphone cables in several lengths. These were terminated with Neutrik XLR 3 pin connectors but using Canford’s HST cable, which is an ultra-flexible helical screened twisted pair type. Ethernet patchcords using RJ45 connectors and Canford’s recently introduced proprietary Cat-5E-F cable were also incorporated into the facility’s infrastructure.
Despite being ultra-modern, the facility ordered 172 Coles 4104 industry standard commentator (lip) microphones. ‘When it comes to microphones for commentators or reporters in noisy locations you really don’t need to go too much further than the 4104 lip mic,’ explained Mr Wallis.
‘It’s simple to use and works straight out of the box. For sports fans of a certain age it is also synonymous with the likes of BBC’s flagship Match of the Day football programme and reporter John Motson broadcasting live from an FA Cup tie with one of these microphones held close to his face whilst wrapped up in one of his signature sheepskin coats.’