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Austria’s ORF plans to employ remote production during Tokyo 2020

Broadcaster is aiming to save money in the wake of coronavirus

Austrian public broadcaster ORF is planning to use remote production to cover next year’s Olympics as it looks to save money in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The broadcaster has stated it wants to save €75 million by 2021.

Hans Peter Trost, ORF’s head of sport, told Austrian newspaper Kurier: “Digitalisation makes it possible to a large extent to use remote production for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

“This means that there is a substantially smaller number of employees on site, the director is mostly in Vienna and the camera images will be edited in real time here in Vienna. This saves a lot of money, for example in travel expenses.”

Trost added the broadcaster has already targeted events where it thinks Austria has a chance of winning medals in terms of where it will have staff on site in Tokyo.