The broadcaster will use two of the desks in the TV studios in the Media Centre of the Swiss Parliament Building in Berne. The third will be used for mobile/location work, such as election nights or other major events. The Swiss parliament, the Federal Assembly, meets in the Parliament Building.
Equipped with a MADI card and connected to the central Nexus TV audio router over a MADI fiber cable, both desks have access to most of the audio sources in the house. The two consoles are working alongside nine OnAir 3000 and two OnAir 2500 consoles in the Media Center’s Studer armory, which the company says, is part of a complement of 14 Studer digital audio mixing consoles specified when the Media Centre was originally built in 2006.
This production hub forms part of SRG SSR National Services with studios producing radio and television news broadcasts from the Parliament Building, along with local news from the region of Berne, Freiburg and Wallis, for five enterprise units — Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF), Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), Radiotelevisione Svizzera (RSI), Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR) and Swissinfo.
“In other words,” said Werner Isch, broadcast systems engineer, “We are house broadcasters for the Swiss parliament. The Parliament Building Media Centre records all debates in the National Council and the Council of States [the two houses of the Federal Assembly]. Recordings can be followed live when parliament is in session, while in addition to the activities of the executive and the legislature, SRG SSR provides coverage of 400 governmental press conferences annually.”