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EDUCATION #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 sports programming. 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 44 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 99 MARCH 2015 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 successful transmission. 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,