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TECHNOLOGY Centralised, tapeless workflow at BT Sport studios Steve Montgomery investigates the highly flexible and effective tapeless workflow within BT Sport’s new broadcast complex. by Steve Montgomery P art of the former International Broadcast Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London has been transformed into the new home of BT Sport with state-of-the-art production and broadcasting systems for BT’s new television broadcast operations. BT sport is a broadcasting station with 24-7 operational capability so equipment reliability is crucial to ensure instant and reliable delivery of critical digital assets throughout the extensive production facility. premier football from Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, Australia and the USA. BT Sport has developed rapidly as both broadcaster and TV brand. Less than two years ago the organisation did not exist, but is now a fully- fl edged and respected sports channel boasting viewing fi gures in excess of 1.3 million. It recently acquired ESPN, another dedicated sports channel, which is also broadcast from the IBC. The master control room manages over 150 incoming and outgoing HD vision lines as well as inbound satellite traffi c from BT’s Madley earth station, one of Europe’s biggest satellite earth stations, making the BT Sport Production Hub one of the most connected buildings in Europe. Timeline Television, a leading provider of post-production, outside broadcast and studio-based facilities for every major UK network, was selected by BT Sport to lead on the transformation programme. The company, in conjunction with a technical installation team from Megahertz, built and integrated a full broadcast facility in record-breaking period of 8 months to meet the launch deadline: achieving one of the largest and quickest broadcast installations in the industry. The centre houses three large fl exible TV studios, sports production galleries, a master control room, 20 edit suites, dubbing theatres and an audience holding area. Paramount to the tapeless workfl ow in the centre is the ability to connect any user, anywhere in the building to any service or application running on machines in the central apparatus An iconic sporting backdrop for BT Sport, BT’s tenancy of the former IBC building is part of the legacy of London’s Olympic Park. The new studios are the production hub for BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 2 transmitting a host of sporting coverage, including live action from the Barclays Premier, FA Cup, Scottish Premier and UEFA Europa Leagues, supplemented by Images courtesy of the BT Media Image Library 54 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 88 APRIL 2014