Ethiopia’s Radio Fana Installs NETIA Radio-Assist for End-to-End Management of Entire Broadcast Content Workflow

CLARET, France — Jan. 7, 2010 — NETIA today announced that Radio Fana, Ethiopia’s first national commercial broadcaster and multilingual radio station, has selected NETIA’s Radio-Assist digital audio software suite. Radio-Assist will enable Radio Fana to automate and streamline its entire content workflow from production to broadcast, including ingest, scheduling, editing, transmission, and archiving. This project is being conducted in collaboration with Fortune Enterprise Plc. in Addis Ababa and Radio Fana will represent NETIA’s first installation in Ethiopia.

“Radio-Assist will integrate very well into our existing environment, and it will provide access to a robust set of tools for managing every aspect of our operation efficiently and cost-effectively,” said Mulugeta Mahari, technical director for Radio Fana.

“All of these features, plus NETIA’s excellent reputation and impressive list of industry references, made Radio-Assist the ideal choice for us,” added Ato Woldu Yemessel, general manager for Radio Fana.

Operating from two main and two backup studios in the capital city of Addis Ababa, Radio Fana broadcasts a daily schedule of news, talk, and variety programs in different languages like Amharic, Afan Oromo, Somali, and Afaregna (Radio-Assist’s compliance with the Unicode standard provides critical support for Radio Fana’s multilingual broadcasts). NETIA will install Radio-Assist on 30 workstations across all four studios and will cover every aspect of the station’s content workflow. This includes an integrated news management system that enables automatic ingest of news wires coming from the Ethiopia News Agency, and an archiving feature that integrates with the production system to provide smooth and seamless digitization of tape-based content. NETIA’s DB SHARE provides automatic redundancy for all metadata produced by Radio-Assist and provides an extra measure of security for Radio Fana’s database.

“We are very pleased that we were able to work with Radio Fana to tailor a solution specifically to its needs,” said Mustapha Rezzoug, NETIA’s Director of Products. “The multilingual support, integration of content from the local news agency, and digitization of archives were all very important requirements, and all were easily met by our comprehensive solution.”

More information about NETIA and its products is available at www.netia.com.

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About Radio Fana
As Ethopia’s first national commercial broadcaster and multilingual radio station, Radio Fana’s mission is to inform, entertain, motivate, and connect Ethiopians in transforming the nation towards prosperity and democracy. Radio Fana stands for and promotes progressive values in Ethiopian society. Currently, Radio Fana broadcasts 252 hours of service every week on both the national service and FM 98.1, broadcasting in Amharic, Afan Oromo, Somali, and Afaregna languages. The format is news-talk-variety with call-in audience participation. For more information, visit www.radiofana.com.

About NETIA
NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions for managing and broadcasting television and radio content, and is a major player in the digital broadcast arena. The company’s three product ranges, Radio-Assist™ (audio), Manreo™ (video), and OpenNet (audio and video), allow content holders to manage all of their processes from ingest to multiplatform broadcasting over terrestrial channels, the Internet, mobile devices, and other channels.

NETIA’s products are found in more than 40 countries worldwide, with 10,000-plus users in more than 200 installations including: The Associated Press, Minnesota Public Radio, WNEM (Meredith Group), and WOUB in the United States; ABC and SBS in Australia; BBC Monitoring and BSkyB in the United Kingdom; Italy’s RAI and Radio Vaticana; HRT in Croatia; RTM Malaysia; VOV in Vietnam; Mediacorp in Singapore; RTBF in Belgium; MOI in South Africa; Kiss FM in Korea; and RFI, Radio France, TF1, Canal+, and France Televisions in France. The company has its headquarters in Claret, France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Sydney, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

Contacts:

NETIA Contact:
Isabelle Michoux
Communication & Field Marketing Manager
Tel: +33 (0) 4 67 59 97 47
E-mail: i.michoux@netia.com
Web site: www.netia.com

Agency Contact:
Netra Ghosh
Wall Street Communications
Tel: +1 (801) 266-0077
E-mail: netra@wallstcom.com

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