Editor | 28-07-2013
Almost on the eve of its launch, BT has revealed the part played by Timeline Television in the transformation of the former Olympics broadcasting centre hub into its new facilities for its new BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN services.
Working as the lead partner for BT Sport, Timeline Television managed the end-to-end design and build of the BT Sport production hub, including building infrastructure and broadcast systems integration.
Timeline also managed the IBC build to house three TV studios, sports production galleries, a master control room, 20 edit suites, dubbing theatre and an audience holding area. Having gained access to the building on 4 February, the design, build and commissioning took six months and is, claims Timeline, one of the largest and quickest broadcast installations in the industry.
“The sheer scale and time frame of this project has been an incredible challenge but we have worked closely with BT Sport to design and build a real state of the art and flexible broadcast facility matched to their exciting production ambitions,” explained Dan McDonnell, managing director of Timeline Television. “Our careful choice of suppliers and equipment manufacturers has enabled us to meet the tight deadlines and I’m really looking forward to seeing BT Sport go live on 1 August.”
Timeline Television has also been awarded a five year managed service contract for technical operations including studios, MCR, post-production and end-to-end workflow support. Timeline will supplement its core staff with a team of freelance editors, cameramen, sound operators and EVS operators to provide craft skills to BT’s production teams and production partners where required.