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30 l June 2014


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Jon Chapple talks to NEP Visions about their broadcast coverage of Wimbledon 2014


LATER THIS month, the world’s greatest tennis players will take to the court in leafy south-west London for a fortnight of grunting, bananas and impeccably laundered white polo shirts – and NEP Visions, the UK-based outside broadcast (OB) arm of American company NEP Broadcasting, will be on-hand to document it all. NEP is providing TV


coverage of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships for two major clients: BBC Sport in the UK – for which it won the contract, along with the OB rights for BBC Sport’s coverage of athletics and other tennis events, in


NEP Visions will use a Calrec Artemis console in its 2014 coverage of the Wimbledon Championships for the BBC and ESPN


March of last year – and ESPN in the US, and the company told PSNEurope that covering tournament has become


progressively more complicated over the years: “[There are] many more facilities required both from a communications and sound standpoint.” NEP will be using RTS intercoms for on-site communications, making use primarily of ADAM matrix frames and KP-32 keypanels. NEP Visions has been a [former RTS parent company] Telex customer since we first invested in a digital intercom,” says NEP, “and the backup is terrific.” The company adds: “Nothing can happen unless everyone can talk and communicate with each other, as [broadcasting live sports] is a communications industry,” and praised RTS products’ “reliability and ease of use”.


Novak Djokovic playing Viktor Troicki on Centre Court, Wimbledon 2012


Visions has also rented a 64-fader Calrec Artemis console, which it will use as part of a flypack to complement its own Calrec desks in service at the Championships. The Artemis console will be part of a control room attached to a dedicated studio responsible for full presentations and highlights, broadcast in 5.1 audio as standard.


Calrec’s UK sales manager, Jim Green, hailed the company’s


“long-standing relationship with NEP,” and said NEP “uses Calrec consoles almost exclusively”. The 2014 Wimbledon Championships will take place from 23 June to 6 July. Last year’s tournament was won by Britain’s Andy Murray (men’s singles) and France’s Marion Bartoli (women’s singles).  www.wimbledon.com www.calrec.com www.nepinc.com www.rtsintercoms.com


Photo: AELTC/Neil TIngle


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