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Sometimes watching sports action on TV is better than seeing it live from the stands, Kazan 2015 Host Broadcaster’s sports production director says

31.07.2015, 10:51 Interviews
According to the latest data, the television audience of the 16th FINA World Championships is about 4.5 billion people worldwide. Thanks to the expertise and excellent teamwork of the sports production crew and cameramen, TV viewers will be able to see the best moments and the best action from the competition venues..

One of the most important people involved in the provision of broadcasting operation at the 16th FINA World Championships is Javier Serrano, Senior Director of Eurovision Production Coordination (EPC). He showed us around the production control room, the holy of holies of sports production, and also explained how exactly the live broadcast is carried out.

How many years have you been working in sports production events?

– Almost for 20 years now. I’ve been working at football matches, tennis and athletics tournaments and many other championships. I’ve been involved in almost all sporting events. I have been working during the last three Olympic Games, numerous world and European championships as well.

– How many people are engaged in providing the live coverage?

– At the Kazan Arena Stadium, there are about 60 people working. Furthermore, we have groups operating at every single sports venue.

– Do you act as a coordinator for this entire team?

– I am in charge of choosing a camera showing the best view for every particular event since as you know sometimes watching sports action on TV is better than seeing it live from the stands. I am the project manager. Before the competitions, we plan a camera layout and install the cameras. During the competitions, I stay in the production control room where all camera views are displayed. There my team and I are changing camera views by choosing the best one. My job is to determine the sequence of camera views, to decide which moments should be replayed. 

– How many cameras are used for the broadcasts?

– Here, at the Kazan Arena Stadium, we have 25 cameras installed. As for other sports venues, they are also provided with required equipment.

– How do you manage to coordinate your entire team?

– Before competitions begin, we hold a short meeting. We distribute the work among members of our team. For instance, one camera is always responsible for athletes’ close-ups, another one for general view of athletes on the stands, there are also underwater cameras. Each cameraman is responsible for a certain type of view. And, depending on competitions, each of them understands what needs to be done. I’m in touch with each cameraman and I decide on what or whom they need to focus.

– How do you select a view that is eventually broadcast to television screen worldwide?

– It’s an art! It all depends on peculiarities of a sport and priority is given to those cameras at which athletes are looking.

– Throughout a broadcast, spectators can hear a sportscaster commenting a sporting event. Can you hear someone else too?

– Yes, we hear an English-speaking sportscaster of the International Swimming Federation (FINA). During competitions, we can learn some additional information from him. But we need to maintain a balance; we need to stay impartial and not to focus too much on some country. However, I don’t need to follow his recommendations; it’s just a person that describes a sporting event.

– Do you rewatch your broadcasts after they are aired?

– We always record broadcasts and rewatch them so that we can evaluate our work. There are always things that can be changed a little or improved. At first you think that everything was great but then you realise that it could have been done better.

Over 70 broadcasting companies are involved in the coverage of the FINA World Championships in Kazan. Eurovision Production Coordination (EPC) was appointed the Host Broadcaster for the sporting event. Over 1,500 journalists and broadcasters were accredited to cover the competitions of the 16th FINA World Championships. 

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