ITN Chooses Custom Consoles Desks for Channel 4 News

ITN, one of the world's leading news and multimedia content producers, has chosen Custom Consoles technical furniture as part of a new studio installation for Channel 4 News.

The main production desk is designed for use by a team of up to seven production staff. Integrated into the centre of the desk is a Grass Valley Kayenne vision mixer with five flat-screen monitor displays on Ergotron adjustable supports. Immediately left is the director's position which accommodates talkback and server control equipment plus an additional display screen. Four production-support positions are located to the left of the director, each incorporating a forward-angled equipment bay with 4 rack-unit capacity and dedicated monitor screens.

To the right of the vision mixer is a camera and lighting control position. This incorporates five equipment bays , each 9 rack units high, and two flat-screen video monitor panels. Control panels for Shotoku robotic cameras are integrated into the desktop. A Strand lighting control palette and expansion mixer are located at the far right of the production desk.


"Custom Consoles furniture has proved reliable and successful over many years both here at our Gray's Inn Road headquarters and at subsidiary production sites," comments Andrew Colgan, ITN's Senior Technical Project Manager. "The Module-R range forms a basis from which we can specify desks with exactly the capabilities required, within a practical timescale and at a sensible price. Our production staff appreciate the robust build quality and the styling. Our technical staff appreciate the easy access to equipment during initial installation and routine maintenance."

A mix-and-matchable control room furniture system, the Custom Consoles Module-R product range allows aesthetically attractive and long-life desks to be configured to meet specific shapes and dimensions from a selection of high-quality pods, base sections, 19 inch rack housings, worktops, end-panel modules and legs. Coordinated desk pods are available as single-bay sections with up 10U chassis capacity.


ITN is one of the world's leading news and multimedia content companies creating, packaging and distributing news, entertainment, factual and corporate content on multiple platforms to customers around the globe.The news programming produced for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 reaches around 10 million people every day, providing comprehensive, impartial news provision for the British public. ITN's news is watched by millions of viewers worldwide, through partnerships with global news outlets such as Reuters, CNN and NBC and online partners such as Livestation, YouTube and MSN.As well as providing television news ITN operates two other divisions: footage sales arm ITN Source, and video creation business ITN Productions.

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings.
Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design and computer-controlled cutting machinery. This provides the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. The company's clients include broadcasters, production and post-production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.