September 18, 2012

Knowing the world behind cricket on television

Abhishek Mukherjee

The complex process of broadcasting international cricket is explored by Brian Viner of the Independent during the final England-South Africa ODI at Trent Bridge. He goes behind the scenes to see the cameras, commentators, and the determining of shots to be broadcast from a "staggering array of options", concluding that the whole world of cricket production was "bewildering."

Stepping behind the scenes of a day's international cricket broadcast is to be overwhelmed by numbers, especially for those of us who grew up watching televised cricket in the days of only a single camera at one end of the ground. Sky had 30 cameras at Trent Bridge, and, excluding commentators, 85 personnel either on staff or working for contracted companies such as Hawk-Eye. It was Chambers' job to oversee the whole shebang. "I don't make programmes but I make them work," he said.

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