The Broadcast Sport Podcast

The Broadcast Sport team discusses the key themes and issues impacting on sports production and broadcast

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Episodes

Monday May 23, 2022

TV and radio presenter Jason Mohammed (Match of the Day, Final Score) and TV presenter and ex-footballer Nathan Blake talk to Broadcast Sport reported Max Miller about their new production company Jams and Mr B.  The company produces sports-focused podcasts (including the Cardiff City podcast A Bit of Swazz), TV and radio productions, and has big ambitions to become a major player in the market. Fundamental to the company's ethos is to create lasting opportunities for underrepresented talent to build a career in sports production. As part of this, Jams and Mr B is setting up a bursary with S4C, Rondo and Cardiff Metropolitan University, to provide funding for talent from underrepresented communities to gain the skills and knowledge that will equip them for a career in the industry. Mohammed and Blake explain their thinking behind doing this and what they are doing to ensure they will create proper, long-lasting opportunities rather than hollow promises that ultimately come to nothing.

Tuesday May 10, 2022

Sampson Collins, the director of the two-hour documentary GAZZA, talks to Broadcast Sport reporter Max Miller about the creative process involved in making the film. GAZZA has been made entirely from archive and home video footage. The film uses this extensively researched and sequenced archive material to meticulously examine Paul Gascoigne's life and career in the context of UK society during the 1990s and, in particular, the role of the Tabloid press's obsession with celebrity culture and its ability to make or break careers. In this podcast, Collins discusses what his aims were for the film, how he planned the documentary and found the archive footage and how it was assembled to tell Gascoigne's story alongside the broader look at the role of the Tabloid press and its influence on society in the 1990s and beyond. GAZZA is available as a 2x60-minute series on BBC iPlayer and has just been released in a feature film format on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Friday May 06, 2022

Globally renowned filmmakers and photographers Stuart and Andrew Douglas talk to Broadcast Sport's Max Miller about how they made feature-length documentary, Ronaldinho: The Happiest Man in the World. The film is one of the key pieces of content on FIFA's recently launched streaming platform, FIFA+, and tells the highs and lows of one of the world's greatest players. The documentary looks at Ronaldinho's childhood in Brazil, his breakthrough to professional football and his journey to Europe including his ground-breaking years with Barcelona. It includes invaluable insights from his family, teammates. In the podcast, The Douglas Brothers explain their approach to documentary making, and how they set out to create a powerful, emotional film that was far more than "just a collection of his best goals."

Thursday Apr 21, 2022

This is a 'fireside chat' with Sunil Patel, co-founder of Whisper, and Whisper’s director of production, Bethan Evans. They talk about the history of the company, its place in the sports production market, its ownership and earlier funding from the Channel 4 Growth Fund before receiving investment from Sony. The company is only 11 years old but is already the trusted production outfit behind flagship sporting events including The Paralympics, the F1 (for Channel 4), and cricket coverage for the BBC. It also has excelled at appointing women to key positions within the company and ensuring diversity in its workforce. Evans and Patel talk about their roles at Whisper, and what the key focus and key projects are for the company in 2022. The conversation was chaired by Broadcast Sport editor Jake Bickerton and recorded at the Broadcast Sport Content Summit, held at Dock10 Studios, Salford in March 2022.

Wednesday Apr 06, 2022

Little Dot Studios and Team Whistle provide insight into how they work with leading athletes, sports clubs and federations to create and manage YouTube channels that maximise fan engagement and the reach of content made for the platform. What content works best on YouTube, how do you create a YouTube strategy, and what is best practice for growing your sports brand on YouTube? Little Dot Studios runs a wealth of sports-related YouTube channels for clients, and Team Whistle manages the Premier League’s YouTube account. SpeakersJeff Nathensen, MD - Team Whistle InternationalRobbie Spargo, Director of Sport - Little Dot Studios ChairpersonCharlotte Wheeler, Director - Broadcast Tech & Sport Group

Monday Apr 04, 2022

A fireside chat with Sunset+Vine's David Tippett, who provides an overview of what’s being done by the host broadcaster as it gears up for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games later in the year. Sunset+Vine won the contract last year and will capture 2,000 hours of TV coverage across 19 sports during the 11 days of the competition (28 July-8 August), for an expected global audience in excess of 1.5 billion. At least 15% of the 1,600 technical and production workforce for the games will come from Birmingham and the West Midlands, having been trained through a Host Broadcast Training Initiative that Sunset+Vine is launching in the area. The initiative is specifically designed to address the lack of diversity in the creative sector, and will offer a year’s training to 200 young people from the region, with half recruited from underrepresented groups. The podcast was recorded at The Broadcast Sport Content Summit, held at Dock10 Studios on 16 March 2022. Speaker David Tippett, Managing Director - Sunset + Vine Chairperson Gavin Ramjaun, Presenter & Senior Journalist - BBC

Friday Apr 01, 2022

The Buzz16 team behind its award-winning documentary explain their approach to the production and how they created such a powerful, hard-hitting film. In the Sky Sports documentary, the former England and Premier League footballer Micah Richards explores the true scale of the racism problem in British football, and what can be done about it. The production team behind it are young and diverse, including many alumni of the MAMA Youth Project, which aims to get young people from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds employed in the broadcast and media industries. This podcast is a recording of a panel discussion at the Broadcast Sport Content Summit, held at Dock10 Studios on 16 March 2022. For more details about Broadcast Sport's series of events, visit https://www.broadcastsportevents.co.uk  SpeakersNad Ali, Senior Editor - Buzz16Nick Mattingly, Director - Buzz16Rio Clarke, Assistant Producer - Buzz16 ChairpersonCarrie Wootten, Managing Director - Rise

Tuesday Mar 08, 2022

This IWD 2022 podcast is with Gemma Knight, sports director at BT Sport and Bethan Evans, head of broadcast operations at Whisper. They talk about their background and how they got to where they are today, as well as how to encourage better gender representation and diversity in sports production and sports broadcast, to mark International Women’s Day 2022. Knight and Evans also offer advice to young women who might want to pursue a career in sports production and broadcast.

Friday Mar 04, 2022

Matt Stagg, director of mobile strategy at BT Sport talks to Broadcast Sport editor Jake Bickerton about sports in the metaverse. Stagg explains what the metaverse is and what it can offer sports fans, through innovative use of VR, AR and XR. BT Sport is currently undergoing R&D projects to see what could be possible utilising cloud computing and 5G, to stream immersive ‘metaverse’ experiences live and with ultra low latency to fans. These include enabling MotoGP fans to build a room of virtual screens around them to show the broadcast feed supplemented by an interactive, holographic track showing where each of the drivers is currently located. Stagg also talks about how the metaverse will be able to bring fans at home into the stadium, in enjoy live matches with their friends from the best virtual corporate box in the stadium. Boxing fans will also be able to immerse themselves in fights, watching volumetric versions of the boxers they are able to view from any angle. Stagg reveals what he believes to be realistic timetables for these concepts to potentially come to market, and what the future of sports broadcasts might looks like in the world of the metaverse.

Tuesday Feb 22, 2022

BAFTA-winning film-maker Matt Smith talks to Broadcast Sport reporter Max Miller about his Prime Video documentary ROONEY. Smith directed the film after gaining the trust of Wayne and Colleen Rooney to tell the inside story of the Rooney’s rise to fame at a young age, and how they handled the intense media interest in themselves and their relationship. In the podcast, Smith explains how he managed to get Wayne and Colleen to open up so candidly about their lives and careers and what it takes to create a compelling sports documentary. As he explains in the podcast, the last thing he wanted to make was a ‘puff piece’. The documentary features candid testimonials from both Wayne and Colleen as well as Rooney's father and close family members. ROONEY also includes contributions from David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Thierry Henry, and Rooney's former managers David Moyes and Sven Goran Eriksson. The film provides unprecedented access to Rooney as he recounts the most important moments in his life and career.

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Broadcast Sport provides daily sports production and sports broadcast news and insight at broadcastnow.co.uk/broadcast-sport.

It is also a bi-annual print magazine with in-depth features and behind-the-scenes insight into all aspects of sports production, broadcast, esports and tech innovation.

Furthermore, Broadcast Sport runs several popular conferences throughout the year, including the Broadcast Sport Content Summit in Manchester and the Broadcast Sport Tech Innovation Forum in London.

In 2021, Broadcast Sport launched the Broadcast Sport Awards, celebrating the outstanding sports production and sports broadcast achievements of the year. It culminated in a sold out gala Awards dinner attended by more than 600 leaders of the UK sports industry at JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. The Broadcast Sport Awards returns again this year.

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