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SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE What happens to an OB feed once it gets back to the broadcast facility? Jenny Priestley visits BT Sport’s facility in Stratford to find out

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f there’s one genre where nearly all of the content is going to involve outside broadcasts (OB) it’s sport. From football to rugby, tennis to motorsport, it’s highly likely that the majority of a broadcaster’s productions will be made off-site, probably with a truck, anywhere around the world. Of course, most of that content is probably going to be anchored in studio. BT Sport moved into their broadcast facility in Stratford in East London on 5th February

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2013, and went live on air for the first time on 1st August, beating the world record for building a studio by about three and a half years. The main broadcast studio on site is a whopping 14,500 square feet - the biggest in the UK. The three-sided studio, the only one of its kind, can be acoustically separated, allowing BT Sport to broadcast three different (live) programmes on three different channels at the same time. “The whole design of the studio is that there are different

PICTURED ABOVE: BT Sport’s control room

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TVB Europe January / February 2019  

TVB Europe January / February 2019