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Custom Consoles Module-R Desks and MediaWall Monitor Display Mounts Selected for Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies

Image shows one of the two control rooms (Studio 1) at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studios, equipped with Custom Consoles Module-R desks and MediaWall monitor display supports.

Custom Consoles announces the completion of Module-R studio control desks and two MediaWall monitor display mounts for Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studios. The desks and display mounts form part of a full broadcast-quality news studio facility designed by UK-based system integrator ATG Danmon.

“We were invited to propose a turnkey solution based on an outline specification provided by the university,” explains ATG Danmon Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger. “The project coincided with a relocation to new city-centre premises. It comprised a large TV studio and dedicated gallery, a smaller TV studio with its associated gallery, plus a broadcast newsroom. These will be used to train the next generation of television, radio, online and printed-media journalists. Module-R desks and MediaWalls are used in many broadcast facilities in the UK, Europe, MENA and Asia, so were a logical choice given the need to match the functionality and processes of a real broadcast environment. They are robustly constructed, ergonomically efficient for engineering staff and well as operators, and attractively styled. Both product series also gave us the freedom to match the available room dimensions from standard modular elements.”

“Our role in the project was to prebuild and install desks for two training areas,” adds Custom Consoles Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “These comprise a four-operator control room suite for Studio 1 and a three-operator suite in similar style for the Studio 1 control room. Each suite is equipped with a six-bay wide (3.2 metres) rectangular desk facing a 2.65 metre wide MediaWall. The main desk in Studio 1 control has a Ross production switcher panel embedded in the central operator’s position. Behind each desk is a dual-bay (1 metre wide) sound control desk with Yamaha audio mixing console. An Ergotron manually-adjustable monitor support arm is mounted within reach of all four operators in the Studio 1 control room and all three operators in Studio 2 control.”

All four desk worktops are finished in hard-wearing black Marmoleum matching the walls and ceiling colour in each control room. Each MediaWall supports two 55 inch monitor displays plus smaller video monitors and loudspeakers.”

A mix-and-matchable control room furniture range, Custom Consoles’ Module-R forms a basis from which broadcast desks can be configured in a variety of shapes and dimensions via a selection of pods, base sections, 19 inch rack housings, worktops, end-panel modules and legs. Coordinated desk pods are available as single-bay sections with up 10 rack unit chassis capacity. Module-R has been tested by FIRA to ensure compliance with current ISO standards. It is supplied with full cable management and internal 19 inch racking, accessible via removable front and rear cover panels. All rear surfaces and pods are completely interchangeable. A full length cable brush enables unrestricted cable entry and exit anywhere along the length of the desks.

Custom Consoles’ MediaWall allows flat-screen monitor displays of practically any width to be constructed from standard horizontal and vertical support elements. MediaWall can be used as a fully self-supporting structure or coupled directly to the studio wall. Individual screens can be positioned so that the edges meet exactly to form a continuous horizontal display limited only by the boundary of the monitor panel itself. All wiring is fully concealed and can enter or leave the structure at any desired point. MediaWall is available in any specified element widths.

About Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies ( (Ysgol Newyddiaduriaeth, y Cyfryngau ac Astudiaethau Diwylliannol, Caerdydd) is Cardiff University’s school for training in media. It was founded as the Cardiff Journalism School in 1970 and is the longest established postgraduate centre of journalism education in Europe. The school is considered to be one of the best training centres for journalists and is described as ‘the Oxbridge of journalism’. The school is also home to Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism which developed the world’s first Massive Open Online Course on community journalism.

About ATG Danmon

ATG Danmon ( part of the Danmon Group (, has been at the forefront of the transition to the file-based technology now used throughout the industry. It has also assisted many clients in the construction of IT-based automated file workflow systems, high-definition studios, master control rooms and playout facilities, as well as the upgrade of existing SD systems to HD and UHD. By embracing tomorrow’s technology, ATG Danmon delivers maximum value through close co-operation with suppliers and customers, leading to mutually beneficial long-term relationships. ATG Danmon also offers a comprehensive range of products and services including transcoding and automated workflow management, accelerated global file transfer, media workflow-design, project-planning, equipment installation, software-configuration, commissioning, documentation, on-site training plus ongoing support and maintenance.

About Custom Consoles

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

Contacts for further information

Newsmedia support: David Kirk, Stylus Media Communications
Tel: +44 (0)1342 311 983 | Email:

Custom Consoles: Gary Fuller
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909

Custom Consoles Ltd, Leedon House, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909 | Fax: +44(0)1525 370 237