Timeline Television has installed a new remote production hub at its Timeline North facility in MediaCity UK.
The Salford-based hub includes a gallery, sound, graphics and VT and makes use of remote surface control panels, linked to, and driving equipment installed in, OB trucks on site.
It was devised for BBC Sport’s FA Cup contract and used for the first time during live coverage of the semi-finals last month. It was also employed during last weekend’s FA Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea.
The hub is connected by a diverse 10GBps fibre to Timeline’s new Ealing Broadcast Centre, and is now available for use by other broadcasters and producers, including those who want, or need to have crews split between London and MediaCityUK during a production, said Timeline.
Timeline’s CEO Dan McDonnell said: ‘We’re delighted to be expanding our offering in the North and enabling productions to have the flexibility of working either in the North, South or a hybrid of the two.
“The benefits of having remote production hubs are countless including reduced travel and hotel costs for production crew coupled with well-being benefits of a better work/life balance, with crew able to work closer to home. We’re looking forward to using this model for more productions going forward’.