RTE will revamp its news studio this year for the first time in nearly a decade

RTÉ IS ON SITE to devote 1.7 million euros to the overhaul of its information studio this year.

The public broadcaster is launching a call for tenders for the modernization of its information studio, which is expected to cost 1.7 million euros excluding VAT.

The redesign will include graphics, lighting and an automated camera system that “will give RTÉ News a new look,” according to tender documents.

It will also provide a second presentation space in the studio by installing a smaller news desk. LED lighting will be used to create a “daylight color temperature”, while a new video wall will allow increased use of “augmented reality and graphic models”.

This is the first major overhaul of the RTÉ news studio since February 2009, when a € 1.3 million upgrade was unveiled. Some “subtle but significant” improvements were also made in 2014, when the theme’s melody and graphics were changed at a cost of € 25,000.

Last year, RTÉ announced up to 300 job cuts after recording a deficit of 19.7 million euros in its accounts for 2016. The public broadcaster has recorded a 24% drop in revenue since 2007 .

Plans to overhaul the news studio follow major staff changes last January, when Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ní Bheoláin were replaced on Six One by Keelin Shanley and Caitríona Perry.

Prospective contractors have until July 9 to submit a bid for the retrofit work, according to the documents.

“The space on the [news studio] floor will be expanded to provide two presentation areas using the same chain of cameras with the addition of a new robotic camera and a camera rail, ”he says.

“A new, smaller office will be designed and installed on the left side of the studio floor. This will free up space for a second presentation space on the right side of the studio.

“New graphics will be designed for the new video wall to give RTÉ News a new look. Tungsten lighting will be replaced by LED lighting to give the color temperature of daylight.

“The project will provide the capacity for increased use of automation, augmented reality and graphical models,” adds the tender document.

The estimated value of the work is € 1.7 million excluding tax, including € 600,000 for screens, lighting and TV equipment; and € 300,000 for robotics and installation.

The new LED lighting is expected to cost up to € 150,000; while the studio automation system and associated system integration have been valued at around € 120,000.

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