The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation at Tokyo 2020

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THE CLIENT

ORF (English: the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)is the Austrian national public service broadcaster. It is Austria’s largest media provider, operating four national television channels and 12 radio stations, as well as a range of websites. 

THE PROJECT

Gravity Media was engaged to support ORF with the implementation of its remote live production workflow at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

THE APPROACH

We supplied a comprehensive broadcast setup at the Olympic Broadcasting Services’ International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Tokyo, as well as at the ORF Olympic TV studio in Tokyo and six further installations spread across selected Games venues. 

The main programme feed was cut at the ORF Production Centre in Vienna.  

THE OUTCOME

From 21 July to 8 August 2021, ORF successfully broadcast 500 hours of live Olympic coverage. The bulk of the Games was shown on ORF 1 and ORF SPORT, with additional events live-streamed via ORF.at. 

ORF had access to over 55 events at the Olympics, ensuring that almost every competition with Austrian participation could be seen live. For visually impaired and hearing-impaired sports fans, a large part of the ORF Olympic broadcasts were also audio-commented or subtitled.  

Austria won seven medals at the Games, including a cycling Gold in the women’s individual road race. This eclipses their 2016 performance, where the country won just one bronze medal.