Netia Radio-Assist Enhances Efficiency and Collaborative Production Capabilities at Algerian Radio

CLARET, France — Sept. 1, 2010 — NETIA today announced that Algerian Radio (RA), Algeria’s public radio broadcaster, has expanded its Radio-Assist(TM) digital audio software installation to realize a highly automated end-to-end broadcast workflow incorporating media ingest, production, scheduling, playout, and archiving. By automating centralized media archiving for all five Algerian Radio national stations, facilitating the exchange of content among existing regional facilities already equipped with Radio-Assist, and streamlining acquisition of wires from various news sources, the Radio-Assist implementation enables more efficient creation and delivery of French- and Arabic-language news and other programming to more than 20 million listeners in Algeria.

“Timely news broadcasts are a very important part of the services that we offer to our listeners, and the further build out of our Radio-Assist software systems brings even greater efficiency to individual station operations, as well as improved collaborative capabilities among the different contributors to the news production workflow,” said Mr. HIDOUGUI Salah, director of technical services and equipment at Algerian Radio. “The highly automated workflow we now enjoy, as well as the benefits of a convenient centralized archive, give journalists the time and tools they need to deliver quality news quickly.”

Algerian Radio had already equipped 15 regional stations with NETIA’s Radio-Assist architecture, including Air-DDO broadcast modules and servers and the DBShare data security module, to streamline the entire production workflow and to establish the functionality necessary to exchange content securely and efficiently with other sites and remote databases. The new expansion of Radio-Assist at Algerian Radio includes implementation of NETIA’s Script Office module, a dispatch-processing module that keeps journalists close to information sources.

Automating acquisition of newswire content from APS (Algeria Press Service) as it arrives at Algerian Radio facilities, Script Office provides filtering and display of multilingual wire feeds and facilitates fast, easy review of available content. Multiple users can make simultaneous text edits to individual wire stories, add sound elements via simple drag-and-drop controls, and make finished stories available for broadcast within minutes. NETIA’s Feder All Desk, also a Radio-Assist module, gives journalists shared and secure access to the on-air playlist for management of news playout.

“Addressing the production and broadcast workflow from end to end, Radio-Assist adds efficiencies across Algerian Radio operations,” said Mustapha Rezzoug, product director at NETIA. “By sharing a common archiving system across the five national stations, Algerian Radio has not only optimized its infrastructure, but also improved its level of service by giving all users easier access to media assets within a much faster production workflow.”

Additionally, by using a mobile platform equipped with Radio-Assist, Algerian Radio can also take this workflow outside the studio, maintaining streamlined operations from production to playout even during remote live-event coverage such as trade shows, cultural, or sporting events.

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

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About NETIA NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and multimedia groups around the world, and recent wins have made the company a significant new player in the telco market, as well. Clients include BSkyB, RAI Italy, Radio Riyadh, France Telecom/Orange, RTM Malaysia, Mediacorp Singapore, Radio France, the Associated Press, France Televisions, and L’Équipe 24/24. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Sydney, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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