Arvato To Digitize Swiss TV and Radio Archives
Gütersloh. The archiving and digitization experts at Arvato have landed another big order: Over the next two-and-a-half years Arvato will digitize approx. 60,000 quarter-inch tapes with a total of more than 30,000 hours of historical broadcasting material on behalf of Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF). The recordings include valuable sound recordings, such as radio plays, orchestral recordings and recordings of cultural programs from the collections of the SRF studios in Basel. Just days ago, Grundy-UFA, Europe’s leading producer of daily entertainment formats, had announced that it would rely on Arvato’s expertise to archive its productions from now on.
"The recently awarded SRF contract is one of the largest projects of its kind in Europe, and we are naturally delighted that the executives in Switzerland have entrusted us with the digitization of these valuable cultural assets," says Sven Deutschmann, CEO of Arvato Entertainment Europe. As many as 2,500 tapes a month will soon be shipped from Basel to Gütersloh, where they will be digitized and then transferred to the long-term archives in Zurich.
"For the digitization of our unique archives, we wanted a professional service provider with extensive experience and skilled staff, one who works effectively and can provide the necessary capacity to implement the project within a reasonable timeframe,” says Martin Eckert, Head of Corporate Development at SRF, outlining the selection criteria that played a role in awarding the contract. "At the trial digitization in November Arvato showed it can meet the requirements of SRF."
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