Launched in 1973, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) began as a single television station broadcasting a few hours of Christian programming daily to Los Angeles viewers. Today, it operates more than 30 networks globally, which run 24/7.
In 2015, religious network TBN sought to transform a 32,000 sq ft former cinema in Willesden Green, North West London, into a multi-level HD studio complex.
Once complete, the ambitious project would allow the network to deliver localised Christian content to UK audiences via multiple platforms including SKY, Freesat & Freeview.
TBN opted to rely on leading broadcast solutions provider Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – to design, supply and install the three-level production facility.
Gravity Media has a worldwide reputation for innovation, and is known for devising flexible, cost-effective & reliable broadcast solutions.
The team drew on its vast wealth of experience, and unrivalled access to the very latest in broadcast technologies when coming up with the best, most innovative ideas for the state-of-the-art Willesden Green studio build.
The HDTV production facilities devised, supplied and installed by Gravity Media featured three separate studio floors, along with four galleries, all of which are interchangeable.
The ground floor studio features a 200-seat auditorium, designed to host talk shows and live music. The first floor houses a studio with a green screen infinity wall, as well as the main production and audio galleries, lighting and camera control area & equipment racks. A smaller studio set and two additional galleries are located on the top floor.
In terms of kit requirements, TBN was keen for its new UK facilities to mirror those already established in the US. So, Gravity Media delivered eight Grass Valley LDK 8000 HD camera channels and a Grass Valley Karrera vision mixer, along with a Harris Platinum MX router, which incorporates audio embedding, audio de-embedding and multi-viewing into a compact box.
Gravity Media also worked on the lighting design within the studios, alongside entertainment systems specialists Glantre Engineering.
One stand-out feature of the TBN facility is that its radio microphones work anywhere within the building – without the need to move receivers around. To achieve this, Gravity Media specialists designed and installed an intelligent RF distribution system. The system has pick-up points on each floor, and distributes the RF into multiple receivers, complete with filters, ensuring no external noise is picked up.
Gravity Media worked closely with TBN throughout the entire studio build process, providing complete project consultancy, as well as supply and implementation of the entire broadcast infrastructure.
Speaking upon successful completion of the project, Richard Fleming, managing director of TBN-Europe said it was important that content originating from the London facility was on par, quality-wise, with that produced in the US.
“It was important that we found a partner who could offer expertise on the entire project, rather than just supplying equipment, and we’re delighted with the support that Gearhouse Broadcast has been able to provide.”