Gearhouse Broadcast has been selected by the BBC to provide their News service with the systems integration of a Master Control Room and three studios twenty three floors up on the roof of the Lund Point building in Stratford in East London.
The broadcast facility is a joint venture between the BBC and Gearhouse Broadcast, which sees theBBC providing the communications and control systems.
The broadcast facility will be transmitting the 1.00pm, 6.00pm and 10.00pm News as well contributions to the Breakfast News program. Gearhouse Broadcast will also be providing studio facilities for World and local London News
The Master Control Areas for engineering and quality control comprised of test and measurement equipment from Tektronix and Panasonic Vision Mixers. Routers selected for the project include the Pro-bel Sirius 800 video router. Imagine Communications equipment was selected for the HD distribution and glue products. Equipment selected for the studios includes Sony HDC 1500 Cameras and Canon lenses.
Simon Atkinson, Technical Director at Gearhouse Broadcast explains, “The project has been a huge undertaking for Gearhouse Broadcast with the equipment installation taking place from the start of June for a six week build using six Gearhouse broadcast crew”.
“The equipment has been selected on the basis of its quality, reliability, compatibility, equipment everyone understands and the fact that it has proven itself on previous large scale sporting events.”
Gearhouse Broadcast is also providing ancillary services for the Games consisting of Project and Logistics Management and Technical Support. Operational crew members will include Engineers, Audio Engineers, Communication Engineers, Vision Controllers and Riggers, some of which will be permanently on site for the duration of the event.
The Olympic Games started on 27 July and end 12 August 2012. The facility will be kept in place to broadcast the Paralympic Games which start 29 August, ending 17th September 2012.
Gearhouse Broadcast has provided broadcast solutions for the Beijing Olympic Games 2008™, FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010™, iRB Rugby World Cup 2011™ and UEFA EURO 2012™.