The UK’s main news broadcasters relied on SIS LIVE to provide uplink facilities for their general election coverage, on a night when speed, reliability and clarity were vital to ensure comprehensive reporting.
SIS LIVE provided 70 satellite uplink vehicles to the main UK broadcasters, as they covered the voting and results in one of the most unpredictable elections in memory. Uplink vehicles and SIS LIVE crew were deployed throughout England, Scotland and Wales, giving the broadcasters unprecedented coverage of the main electoral battlegrounds.
SIS LIVE’s clients, including the BBC, Sky News, ITV, ITN, and STV, took advantage of the organisations connectivity to ensure their audiences missed none of the twists and turns unfolding under the election spotlight. Most services were delivered as part of long-running contracts to supply the broadcasters with live news coverage.
The number of key battlegrounds meant the broadcasters’ biggest challenge was reporting back from them all, with correspondents feeding back live input from a huge variety of locations. Worldwide interest in the result meant overseas broadcasters, too, were vying for satellite space. SIS LIVE was able to deliver coverage thanks to its permanently leased satellite capacity.
SIS LIVE provided the UK broadcast industry with approximately 550MHz of Ku and Ka band satellite capacity on four different satellites, some permanently contracted, with a significant amount supplied from the company’s large pool of in-house, ad-hoc capacity. Many of the uplinks also used SIS LIVE’s fully automated DriveForce uplink system.
Bevan Gibson, chief technology officer, ITN, said: “SIS LIVE’s teams once again worked closely with us, as a part of our operation on election night, to ensure live content was able to be inserted into national coverage throughout 24 hours of unmissable drama as the election unfolded.
“As a part of our newsgathering operation for the evening, we utilised our highly
specified Ka Band DriveForce uplink vehicles, enabling us to provide seamless, high quality links to our correspondents around the country.”