Gary Clarke and Pete Bridges, BBC sound supervisors.
London, UK (July 3, 2012)—A total of seven Harman Studer Vista and OnAir consoles will handle 2,500 hours of TV sports coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games for the BBC.
The BBC will broadcast the Summer Games from the specially built International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in the Olympic Park, using the consoles, along with a Route 6000 network core. This will enable the BBC to take feeds from 34 participating Olympic Games venues for domestic transmission through its network. Following a promise to broadcast “every session of every sport every day,” this will amount to some 2,500 hours of coverage.
Andrew Hills, director product strategy, Studer, confirmed that the integration of the desks would be carried out by Dega Broadcast Systems, at the same time extending Studer’s relationship with the UK’s state broadcaster that dates back more than a decade. Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) will provide host facilities within the IBC’s 42,000-square-metre net space; the design of the BBC space has been a collaborative effort between the broadcaster and Dega, led by project coordinator John Cleaver.
The installation will see the deployment of three 62-fader Vista 9 consoles and a Vista 5 along with three OnAir desks—two OnAir 3000 and an OnAir 1500. Incoming feeds from the host broadcaster and the BBC’s own studios will be fed to the desks, with the Route 6000 linking all the consoles at the core.
According to Pete Bridges, who as lead sound supervisor for the operation will oversee all sound and communications, a Vista 9 will form the hub of each of the broadcaster’s three HD and 5.1 production galleries. In addition, an interactive gallery (IPCR) will manage and route 24 separate streams whose destination will be the Internet, Red Button, and other platforms including Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media; these will be running in stereo using two OnAir 3000s.