Fact file: Gold Coast Host Broadcast duties at the Commonwealth Games

• Challenge includes covering 18 sports disciplines at 17 venues

Television coverage at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is led by NEP Host Broadcast with the support of production partners the Seven Network and Sunset+Vine.

GC2018 is the fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games Contract for NEP Australia (formerly Global Television) following Glasgow 2014, Delhi 2010 and Melbourne 2006.

GC 2018 Host Broadcaster responsibilities:

• 11 days of coverage plus the Opening and Closing ceremonies: April 4-15, 2018
• Approximately 1,340 hours of high definition live television coverage
• 1,600 hours of video archive material
• 17 venues (Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville)
• 18 sports disciplines and a record seven para-sports events
• Daily media conference coverage
• Two daily highlights packages and edited previews
• Commonwealth Games channel
• Six long-form multichannels

The Host Broadcaster is also responsible for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), which is the nexus of all Commonwealth Games broadcasting activity, handling incoming video and audio from the venues and distributing it to broadcast rights holders’ home countries.

The IBC, located at the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre (GCECC) at Broadbeach, will also manage outgoing worldwide transmissions from rights holders based on site.

GC 2018 Host Broadcast: People

• During Games time 1,450 broadcast technical and operational experts will work as part of the Host Broadcaster to deliver worldwide television coverage.

• 240 broadcast trainees working with the Host Broadcast Training Program will assist in delivering event coverage.

• 3,500 international media representatives will work from the IBC and venues to provide commentary and coverage to their home countries.

GC2018 Host Broadcast: Technical

• 25 outside broadcast vehicles and control rooms
• 325 High Definition cameras
• Two helicopters and one light plane with cameras
• Two lead vehicle, two boat-mounted and five motorbike-mounted cameras
• More than 140km of cable laid
• 121-week project schedule (February 2016-May 2018)

See also: NEP’s ultimate work experience gig at Gold Coast Comm Games

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