MCR Engineer

West London
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shifts as required
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MCR Engineer 

Our International Broadcast client based in West London is a global leader in real life entertainment, film and sport and requires a pivotal team member to be involved in the day-to-day Master Control Room (MCR) operation, responsible for all MCR functions including satellite downlinking, management of IP contribution circuits and preparing contribution feed line-ups for TX, Production and Digital.


  • Line up of incoming video, audio and communication circuits from both the client and third-party broadcast production facilities
  • Packaging production resources together for ease of use across the company (video, audio, multi-language commentary, IFB, 4-wires, reverse video feeds)
  • Satellite downlinking including dish positioning and decoding
  • Management of incoming audio circuits and commentary facilities to ensure commentators are assigned to the correct feeds for transmission or production
  • Routing and switching of feeds, based on the internal booking systems to Production Control Rooms, Multi-Function Rooms, Voice Over Booths and Live Transmission Suites
  • Critical assessment of video and audio contribution feeds
  • Proactive monitoring of incoming feeds with rapid action to restore service using pre-defined emergency procedures
  • Management of IP contribution circuits, including WAN and LAN
  • Liaising with third party contribution circuit suppliers, as well as with internal stakeholders
  • Trouble-shooting technical issues and escalation of faults to relevant teams
  • Managing the inbuilt system redundancy to ensure that minimum disruption to services is caused by equipment failures
  • Manage bookings and resources utilising centralised systems
  • Understand all technical and production workflows
  • Undertake ad hoc ingest duties as required
  • Contribute to detailed reports and metrics
  • Other duties as required


  • Operational knowledge of MCR technology and workflows including video and audio routing (traditional SDI and IP)
  • Fundamental understanding of IT networking infrastructure
  • Experience with Broadcast Control Systems, ideally BNCS (using Packaging and direct routing) and Nevion Video IPath
  • Experience with a wide range of video standards including HD.
  • Understanding of video and audio timing.
  • Detailed operational knowledge of tools used to diagnose issues with video and audio feeds, including waveform monitors and audio monitoring units.
  • Operational knowledge of professional satellite contribution equipment including dish position controllers, spectrum analysers, transport stream analysers, receivers and decoders.
  • Familiarity of a wide range of contribution standards such as J2K and H264.
  • An understanding of the requirements of other operational areas including Ingest, Playout and Production facilities
  • A proactive approach, determination to achieve the goals of the team and department, able to identify and prioritise problems and offer alternate solutions
  • The Ability to problem solve under time constraints
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a live transmission and production environment
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong team player and solid interpersonal skills


The MCR is operational 24/7/365 and as such, this role is shift work based on a 40 hour working week which will include nights, weekends and public holidays. 5 on 4 off, 4 on 5 off etc tbc

Salary circa £46k with bonus scheme and benefits



Adrian Thomas
07591 387332
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