SEVEN streamlines operations with move of Playout Facility from Melbourne to Sydney

  NPC Control Room  image - SMPTE
NPC Control Room image – SMPTE

The Seven Network is this week completing the final stages of a move of its national playout from Melbourne to Sydney.

The move will see playout of Seven programming come under the control of NPC Media. The new business is a 50/50 joint venture between Seven and Nine.

The merger allowing the two networks to achieve economies of scale by consolidating infrastructure. Seven West Media had been seeking to cut $25m worth of jobs in an effort to save $125m by the end of the 2019 financial year.

The move of Seven programming to the Sydney facility was largely completed today, with keen observers at the MediaSpy forums reporting changes including updated graphics, and adjustments to aspect ratio on some channels.

Viewers of Seven’s HD channel will benefit from the addition of 5.1 audio, while the 7Food channel is now being produced as individual streams for each state, allowing advertisers the ability to target local markets

Nine established the National Playout Centre (NPC) business in 2012, and confirmed the merger with Seven early in 2018. The new business will now provide playout facilities for all broadcast channels from Nine, Seven, and Nine’s regional affiliate partner Southern Cross Austereo.

TVTonight has previously reported approximately 150 staff would be affected by the closure of SEVEN’s Melbourne Broadcast facility.

Seven has been approached for comment

Kevin Perry
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