Glasgow 2014 has announced that Sunset+Vine and Global Television have landed the host broadcaster contract for the Scottish city’s staging of the Commonwealth Games.
The winning bid brings together the two independent television production companies in their first joint venture as SVGTV. In addition, the appointment of SVGTV as the Games’ host broadcaster aims to provide a strong legacy element by creating up to 1,000 job opportunities as well as establishing world-class training for a new generation of young broadcast specialists.
“Today’s announcement of Sunset+Vine and Global Television as our host broadcaster is a significant milestone in our journey to the Games,” said Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith. “This is not just our largest contract, but it is also the contract that takes the Games to the world. This will give a huge boost to Scotland’s creative industries as a whole with at least 1,000 jobs becoming available at Games-time either behind or in front of camera. By creating jobs for at least 120 students, we hope to leave a positive and lasting effect on the media industry in Scotland.”
SVGTV will collaborate with universities and colleges to create an education and training programme offering live broadcast, creative and technology skills. Jeff Foulser, chairman of Sunset+Vine, said: “Such a prestigious and high-profile global sporting event comes with its own set of unique and complex production, technical and logistical issues that require effective handling and expert execution. We believe that in partnering with Global Television we can deliver a broadcast solution that rivals any sporting event in the world.”
Global Television CEO Keith Andrews added: “The Commonwealth Games host broadcaster role is a big responsibility, encompassing every aspect of the production and technical delivery of the international television and radio signals. Around the world, perceptions of the Games will depend on flawless, timely international distribution of material. We’re proud to be showcasing our expertise on the world stage through Glasgow 2014 and in partnership with Sunset+Vine we are excited about what we will achieve in both broadcast delivery and audience satisfaction.”
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Glasgow 2014 awards host broadcaster contract