Europe and the US have long enjoyed healthy markets for used broadcast technology, but the Middle East has, until the last month, lacked any kind of viable second-hand market for broadcast kit. This has left broadcasters in an awkward position when upgrading equipment as, more often than not, redundant equipment would be stowed away in a store room and forgotten about until it became obsolete, at which point it would most likely make its way to the nearest skip.
This is set to change, however. A well-known figure in the broadcast industry, Irfan Gondal, has established BS Broadcast to ensure that used broadcast equipment is given a new lease of life by selling it on to other broadcasters who need it, whether they are in the Middle East or beyond. Gondal is CEO of the new venture.
Backed by system integrator, Broadcast Systems Arabia (BSA), which is also owned by Gondal, BS Broadcast is the first company in the Middle East to specialise in buying and selling quality-tested used broadcast and audio visual equipment. The two companies complement each other, as Gondal and his team at BSA often have to remove old broadcast equipment, which can now be acquired by BS Broadcast.
BS Broadcast will buy used equipment, test it, and sell it on with a three-month guarantee. The used equipment can also be installed by BSA.
Based in the UAE, allowing easy shipment around the world, BS Broadcast is keen to work with TV and radio stations, production houses, rental and events companies, educational institutions and media training centres that may lack the budget to buy brand-new equipment but still need reliable high-grade production, broadcast, and audio visual equipment.
The company has already established an inventory of more than 650 products from 69 market manufacturers, including Axon, Genelec, Harmonic, Sony, Shure, and Yamaha. This stock includes an extensive range of HD/SD equipment such as recorders, video converters, video servers, audio/video mixers, wired microphones, projectors, multiplexers, HPA, SPG, waveform monitors, up-converters, routers, and switchers.
Each item has been tested by BS Broadcast’s in-house engineers and is covered by the company’s 90-day warranty on every sale.
Orders can be placed via the BS Broadcast website or directly with the company’s sales team.
Additionally, television and radio stations, as well as production houses, will be offered a trade-in programme, allowing them to receive a replacement or discount in exchange for their old equipment.
Irfan Gondal, chief executive officer of BS Broadcast, said: “While the Middle East and Europe enjoy rapid technology refresh cycles, organisations in regions such as Asia and Africa don’t always have the financial capacity to purchase the latest equipment. The buying and selling of used broadcast and audio visual equipment is a well-established practice in the US and UK, but is a completely untapped market in the Middle East.
“We are stepping in to address this gap [...]. Often manufacturers stop supporting their older models, which makes spare parts hard to come by. We address this by having a comprehensive inventory. Furthermore, not all electronic equipment is easily recyclable. So, by refurbishing and extending the life of old equipment we are doing our bit for the environment.”