Globosat fights asbestos to broadcast London 2012 Olympics

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 04-09-2012

Brazilian TV giant Globosat has released details of building the London broadcast facilities to support subsidiary SporTV'scoverage of the London 2012 Olympics, in the 19th floor of Lund Point, a block of 1960s council flats situated just outside the Olympic Park.

This is the same building in which the BBC set up one of its main Olympic broadcast studios. TSL, the leading systems integrator, said that it and Globosat met with some unique challenges.
"Physical limitations, asbestos, structural floor loading, fire proofing, power and zero tolerance deadlines were just some of the issues we had to overcome," explained Nigel England, TSL Project Manager.
Following a pre-build of the facility at TSL's headquarters in Maidenhead U.K., the integrator had just 6 weeks to install the facility on location, which included a full-spec HD/SD gallery and control room housing nine operators, three Final Cut Pro edit suites and a three-camera 'glass' studio.
Globosat's seven-venue production systems were also installed by TSL to enable SporTV to record its own material from the various Olympic sites, namely Earls Court, North Greenwich, Horse Guard Parade, Wembley Stadium, Crystal Palace, the Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium itself.
SporTV, Brazil's most popular sports channel, covers more than 4,000 events, transmitting more than 30 live sports categories each year.