LIVEWIRE: Outside Broadcast News May 7, 2015


Welcome to Livewire, the first edition of our new monthly feature that covers the latest news from our sister companies and the world of live events. First up:


2,000 runners here in Dublin joined the 101,280 athletes worldwide for the Wings For Life World Run last weekend.

The Wings for Life World Run is a global charity event that takes place across 35 locations, raising money to cure and manage Spinal Cord injuries. Subverting the usual racing event rules, participants race against a Catcher Car instead of the clock — Once the catcher car gets you, you’re out!

Here in Dublin, the run started in Dun Loaghaire, headed south towards Bray, Greystones and onwards to Rathnew. Unit Manager Adam Scarff hit us with the low down on the Observe Outside Broadcast Team’s coverage of the event: “We operated out of 2 SNGs, UKI120 and UKI489. At each location we had a receive point for a camera operated on a motorbike relayed via a helicopter. There was also a camera in the helicopter received at these locations and an ENG camera couriered to each SNG. We started in Dun Laoghaire with 2  extra cameras, a radio camera and a beauty shot. These were mostly used to get a sense of the excitement building in the start area of the race. After 10km of the race was completed, we switched from Dun Laoghaire to the top of Bray Head, where UKI489 was positioned. We leap frogged from Dun Laoghaire to just north of Brittas Bay, 48km along the route, to our third location. Once the lead woman, Orna Dilworth, was caught at 39.5km we switched the transmission to this location. The lead man, David Sheehy, was caught at 52.6km and the Irish leg of the race was finished.

The pictures we were transmitting were downlinked in the Global Race Control in Speilberg, Austria. This is where the full cut of all the incoming locations was made. We had talkback to the Global Race Producer and Director so they could let us know what they were looking for and when they were coming to us.

This was a very special project to be involved in as it is for such a worthy cause. From a technical stand point, providing solid pictures and audio over a 50km range was a challenge but one which the whole team involved embraced. It has two more years running from Dun Laoghaire, so I’m looking forward to being involved next year.”

At last count the global event raised 4.2 Million for Spinal Chord research.

DG voice semi final

In other Screen Scene Group news, Observe and Digital Space were on hand to cover the finale of the fifth season of The Voice of Ireland, which saw 19 year old Dubliner Patrick Donoghue take the title in the nail-biting sing off that aired on RTE on April 26.



Toulon's French scrum-half Sebastien Til


Observe provided unilateral coverage for the French Broadcast of the European Champions Cup (ECC), which brought the European Rugby Tour to a close at the start of the month.




Observe and Screen Scene worked together to bring the eagerly anticipated new Pat Kenny show to the small screen. Produced by Coco and UTV IrelandPat Kenny in the Round the 14 x 1 hour series was filmed by the Observe team in front of an audience in the Round Room in Dublin’s Mansion House, with the show undergoing post production at Screen Scene. The series, which features Kenny interviewing well-known Irish and international guests each week, will run Monday nights at 9pm, with episode one kicking off May 11th.


Next up, Observe will start work on the exciting new 13 x 30 min Quiz show The Hive  for Green Inc. A smart, play-along quiz where the answer to every question is literally staring contestants in the face. Knowing the right answer isn’t enough because all answers are hidden in a hive, testing players’ general knowledge and mental agility as they race against the clock to find the answer. The series is set to air on BBC4.