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#TVFutures by Simon Bull
S port’s television is a multi-billion dollar industry
that draws millions upon millions of viewers
to a gigantic range of sports programming.
Many of the most watched television events have been
sports broadcasts, the Olympics, the World Cup, and
the Super Bowl to name a few. It’s an ever-growing
universal industry that generates popularity at all levels.
The University of Portsmouth’s CCI TV Channel has a
strong reputation of creating high quality content whilst
maintaining a weekly live television show. However
what the channel has never seriously ventured live
sport. Other than my raw passion for it, it’s the
popularity of televised sport that has led me to ensure
that the CCI TV Channel will enter the world of live
For the last four or so months, alongside from my
studies, I have been researching, planning and
preparing for the challenge of producing a live outside
sports broadcast via satellite for the CCI TV Channel.
As far as we are aware, this has only been done in
a few institutions, and never in Portsmouth. Thus
we are venturing into unfamiliar territory and so far
the greatest challenge has been learning the ins and
outs of the Television & Broadcasting course’s latest
purchase, a satellite MiniCaster. The kit will allow us to
go live from outside of the University for the fi rst time.
There have been technical barriers to break such as
the actual physical aspect of transporting the satellite
dish, which come to think of it was always going to
be an issue, but its only when you start the planning
that some elements throw themselves up as issues.
The networking aspects of getting the satellite talking
the university network is another very complicated
area, and both academic staff and support staff have
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been working to make this part of the plan happen
with various fi rewall ports being allocated to particular
switches and hubs. A question of height is also part
of the technical mix, with height being paramount to a
When selecting a sports event for the broadcast, it has
always been my priority to choose one that enables the
channel to produce content that is closest to industry
standard as possible. Sports such as football, rugby
and motor racing all require sizeable crews with a vast
array of cameras, due to the large area required to be
covered as well as the large number of competitors.
Whereas individual sports can be often be covered
with a little more ease. As a result the sport that has
become my top choice is tennis. Having worked with
Sky Sports in the past on live tennis programming, I
am aware of the camera requirements as well as the
production process of producing live tennis coverage.
My fi nal year studying Television & Broadcasting at the
University of Portsmouth has gone incredibly quickly,