Results of the Technical Audit of KPTR
Internews conducted a Technical Audit at KPTR from 1 to 7 April, 2013. The Asian-Pacific Broadcaster Union (ABU) provided auditors, highly qualified technical specialists from RTR (Russia), Sergey Efimov and Alexey Rybakov.
It was a major task bearing in mind the major transition taking place in the industry, the migration from traditional analogue TV to Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting (DTB). The deadline for digital transition process in Kyrgyzstan is June 2015.
Technical audit aimed to survey the current technical facilities, television and radio programs, production processes and the willingness of the public channel to transition to digital broadcasting.
The audit report shows the following efforts for modernization taking place at the Kyrgyz Public TV & Radio (KPTR) in recent years: • The new server room is operational and the renovation of a local network was completed; • The technical hardware and studios of TV news program “Ala-Too” was modernized; • Cameras of the “Ala-Too” TV news department were upgraded and a new video editing hardware is used; • “Zamana” studio video cameras were upgraded; • Air box and Title box computer stations – are put into operations to automatize the process and to improve on-air design; • KPTR started to digitize the video archive for long-term storage and to use the archive for production processes.
Technical facilities of the broadcaster were surveyed developing requirements for the digital switch over. Training priorities for OTRK’s technical staff were identified.
“KPTR has plenty of sites for film-making and editing, television equipment. It and tries to maximize these opportunities. But the company needs a comprehensive process of modernization,” says Sergey Efimov, technician auditor.
According to the Auditing report, the equipment for TV production in KPTR exhausted its lifetime resources, needs daily maintenance and repair work and has low quality indicators. This directly reflected into a decrease of production efficiency and quality of the produced content. Maintaining the old equipment affects energy consumption and, as a consequence, increases financial expenses. KPTR has no unified system of uninterruptible power supply and firefighting.
To move to a modern broadcast technology and work in an environment of digital terrestrial, cable and IP broadcast KPTR should: -integrate a unified tapeless system of media production from shooting to play-out, to ensure access to all creative staff to a unified storage of media resources; -replace the old equipment with modern systems; -convert all technological routes to digital delivery and processing of video and audio signals and optimize the connection between hardware to provide flexibility in the distribution of load between hardware and production platforms; -all further modernization of the technical infrastructure must be given opportunities to work in high definition (HD); -upgrade and optimize internal computer network, the basis of any modern TV production; that provides reliability and precision in the delivery of content to all production facilities; -constantly monitor and improve the qualification of technical staff to ensure the reliability of operations and maintenance of modern manufacturing systems.