Television New Zealand

Television New Zealand

2007 ranking: 84

Senior IS executive: Damian Swaffield, general manager technology Reports to: CFO

Size of IS shop: 85

PCs: 1500

Mobile PCs: 250

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 0

Total screens: 1750

Industry: Information

PC environment: Windows XP, Vista; Compaq; HP; Apple

Server environment: Linux; Windows 2000, 2003, NT; Sun; HP

DBMS: Ingres, Oracle, SQL, MySQL

Address: 100 Victoria Street West, Auckland

Website: Website:

Key IS projects this year: Service consolidation; WAN upgrade; new

sales system; tape digitisation.

IN THE FIERCELY competitive environment of digital broadcasting,

TVNZ has a strategy to “inspire New Zealanders on every screen”.

To achieve this it needs IT systems that can manage and repurpose

content to appropriate channels and ‘screens’ to deliver commercial

and public value, says Damian Swaffield, general manager technology.

“We intend to deliver very strong growth in the online and mobile

space this year and beyond. IT sits at the heart of the media revolution,

both in emerging business channels such as online, as well as in the

core of video processing.

“IT systems are needed to manage and store content as well as deliver

it to audiences and TVNZ plans to develop them. However, systems

that automate content management and re-purpose content for different

broadcasting platforms are immature and relatively expensive. To

meet TVNZ’s demands a number of point solutions may need to be

built or bought, which could potentially lead to a fragmented architecture,

something we want to avoid,” says Swaffield.

He says it is important that new media systems allow TVNZ to react

quickly to new platforms and partnerships and deliver appropriate

content without high staff cost overheads.

In 2008 TVNZ will move more of the servers to virtualisation, along

with new systems for advertising, and the delivery of online television

content for special events like the Olympics and New Zealand’s

elections. From a data storage perspective, the station will be rebuilt

to be server and hard disk drive-based rather than tape-based, which

will assist with the storage of large video files.

Swaffield says redevelopment of the station’s ‘playout’ system which

creates live breaks and crosses to different events will create flexibility,

allowing journalists to edit stories quickly and on location and for other

staff to re-purpose those stories for the online channel.

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