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Eurosport UK dips into the archive for Return to London 2012

Eurosport UK's Jamie Steward tells TVBEurope about the broadcaster's aim to recapture the feel-good factor from the summer of 2012

Eurosport UK is taking viewers back to 2012 with a week of programming celebrating the London Olympics.

Return to 2012 will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 from 24th-31st May at 2pm and 7pm each day. It will also be available on Eurosport Player.

With the absence of live sport, and the cancellation of Tokyo 2020, Eurosport delved into their archive with the aim of capturing the feel-good factor from the summer of 2012.

The series will look back at historic moments from Team GB’s success at the Olympic Games as the nation got behind its sporting heroes. Each episode will include interviews with the athletes themselves, all filmed remotely.

“We conducted and recorded interviews on Zoom with many of the Team GB athletes who were so successful in London,” explains Jamie Steward, senior director of Eurosport UK. “These were then cut to duration remotely by our production team before transferring the content to our Chiswick facility that holds our archive content. The team then remotely controlled the edit systems to add action edits and paints to the interviews, essentially creating a rough cut before they were ‘onlined’ by two editors who also were also remoting in to our Chiswick facility.”

At Eurosport’s London location, archive content is saved on a GV Stratus MAM, but for this project the team has to transfer content from the company’s main office in Paris to its London hub. Any other footage needed was sourced from The Olympic Multimedia Library.

Each of the athlete interviews were conducted via Zoom, and Steward says the Eurosport team “continue to explore other technologies to work remotely in the future.

“The understandable constraints that have been enforced over recent weeks has accelerated remote production to varying degrees and I’m confident some of that technology and new process will become part of our standard working practice for years to come,” he concludes.