HHB Communications has provided over 100 Genelec loudspeakers for the recently launched BT Sport studios. Broadcast systems integrator Megahertz was appointed to complete the technical fit-out of the BT Sport production facilities by Timeline Television.
The new BT Sport channels launched on 1 August, broadcasting from studios located in part of the International Broadcasting Centre constructed for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The facility broadcasts BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN and includes three large studios with full production galleries, four smaller galleries for turnaround programmes and 20 edit suites.
Megahertz chose a combination of Genelec 8020, 8030, 8040 loudspeakers, plus subwoofers and mounting accessories, for stereo and 5.1 monitoring in the video editing and audio dubbing areas. HHB also provided Neumann TLM193 microphones and Rycote Invision suspensions for voice-over booths, and Coles 4104 lip microphones for commentary positions.
Megahertz said they chose Genelec speakers for the video editing and audio dubbing areas because of their uncoloured and undistorted sound and accurate translation of audio for TV broadcast.
Megahertz technical director Steve Burgess said, “Genelec is a brand that has become an industry standard in broadcast audio for good reason, and we are confident that they are the best choice for BT Sport. We had a very tight turnaround time for this project and HHB was extremely diligent in meeting our demands and very knowledgeable and helpful in providing the volume of equipment that we needed in time for the early August deadline.”
Nikki Pascoe, HHB manager broadcast and SI sales, added, “We worked very closely with Megahertz on this project to make sure that the equipment we supplied was the best possible choice for each room and application. A tight deadline leaves little room for error and we had no problem supplying the service and quantities they needed to satisfy both Timeline and BT Sport’s requirements. We are very proud to be part of this project.”