Link Research has won the Association for International Broadcasting's award for most innovative use of technology in international broadcasting for coverage of the Torino Winter Olympics 2006 using HD wireless camera systems. Charter Broadcast, Broadcast RF and Presteigne Broadcast Hire all supplied brand new LinkHD wireless equipment that was used for live broadcast at the Games.
"The real credit for winning this award must go to our hire company customers," said John Mulcahy, general manager of Link Research. "They worked with brand new units straight from the factory and they got brilliant coverage which was shown live around the World."
Charter Broadcast mounted a LinkHD system on a rail to film the speed skating while Broadcast RF used a LinkHD system on a wirecam above the moguls to follow the competitors as they raced down the slopes. Presteigne Broadcast Hiresupplied four LinkHDs on Sony HDC1500 cameras for the opening and closing ceremonies and the skating.
Link faced strong competition for the award. Also shortlisted were Createcna's 3G news studio and Radioscape's DAB/DRM electronic chip.
The AIB presented a series of awards for TV and radio news coverage and documentaries. The winners included the BBC World Service for their reports from the scene of the South Asia Earthquake and Sky News for their coverage of the London Bombings.