Technical Facilities For Australia’s Channel Seven At Torino Winter Olympics

THE CUSTOMER

Owned by Seven West Media Limited, Australia’s Channel Seven is a major Australian, commercial free-to-air television network.

THE PROJECT

In 2006, Australia’s Channel Seven network was looking for technical solutions that would allow for transmission of top-quality, seamless footage of the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics.

The Winter Olympics featured top athletes from 26 nations competing across 84 events. The Games, known as Turin 2006, or Torino 2006, opened on February 10th and provided spectators and those tuning in at home 16 action-packed days of winter sports.

Broadcast project solutions specialist Gearhouse Broadcast was selected to provide Channel Seven with cost-effective, reliable technical solutions to help convey all the action and excitement of the Games back to its viewers.

THE APPROACH

From system design and conceptual planning, to supply of equipment, project management and installation of the complete technical facility - located at Turin’s International Broadcast Centre (IBC) - Gearhouse Broadcast handled all aspects of this project.

The installation team began work three weeks before the Games’ opening ceremony, handing over to the production team one week prior to the start of transmission. 

The facility for Channel Seven consisted of a presentation studio, production control room, an audio control room, switching centre, two avid non-linear editing suites, four tape- based edit suites & video archiving.

Equipment included a Probel 96x96 HD/SD Router with four levels of associated Analogue Audio. Various HD and SD glue products were also supplied to cater for the multi standard HD and SD input signals supplied by the host. The latest LCD monitors available were used in the control rooms and were fed via multi-viewers.

The ENG facilities supplied consisted of four Sony Digi Beta Camcorders with associated radio microphones, weather bags, monitoring and lighting kits.

OUTCOME

With plenty of prior experience catering for Channel Seven’s technical needs, including provision of broadcast solutions for the Australian Open & Melbourne Cup, Gearhouse Broadcast offered ongoing support to the network’s team throughout the Games.

Speaking on behalf of Channel Seven Colin Southey noted: “Gearhouse Broadcast engineers were on hand around the clock to offer technical support and as always with Gearhouse Broadcast every necessary measure was put in place to ensure that the event ran smoothly.”

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