PORTLAND, Ore.�It wasn�t just U.S. citizens who eagerly listened in to the results of the recent presidential election on Nov. 8, as BBC World Service provided live radio coverage from its Washington D.C. bureau by utilizing Dante networking from Audinate. The network distributed the coverage to the BBC World Service, NPR partner stations, BBC Radio 4 and BBC 5 Live networks, reaching as many as 250 million listeners in a 12-hour period.
BBC World Service made the change to Dante after using a legacy contribution and distribution architecture for its live U.S. presidential election coverage in 2012. The new system featured 17 Dante-enabled devices, including 128x128 intercom/IFB, AES and analog I/O, and broadcasting mixing consoles, enabling the distributed routing of hundreds of circuits with built-in redundancy for immediate failover to a secondary network.
Inside the facility, the Dante network supported connectivity between the temporary studio and smaller studios in the main bureau. More than 30 incoming contribution feeds were routed through Dante, with associated mix-minus, from various IP and ISDN codecs. The AoIP network also provided off-the-shelf fiber Ethernet connectivity between BBC�s floors.