ITN Productions has been appointed by the IAAF as Host Broadcaster for the IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2017 in Nassau following an extensive two-month tender process involving six companies.
The ITN Productions live coverage will feature 16-18 cameras and will incorporate digital and social media coverage. ITN Productions will provide an integrated live feed for international television and radio rights holders of the opening and closing ceremonies, all races and medal ceremonies as athletes from 40 countries compete across the two days to win the coveted Golden Baton and guaranteed qualification for the 4x100m and 4x400m relays at this August’s IAAF World Championships London 2017.
IAAF CEO Olivier Gers said: “Together we will deliver the excitement and energetic atmosphere of this young, vibrant two-day competition focused on the fast running and slick baton exchanges of the world’s best relay teams, and the emotions and reactions of their athletes. The IAAF World Relays was created in 2014 as an innovative team event for a predominantly individual sport. Fantastic entertainment presented with music, lights and pyrotechnics played out to one of the most engaged and enthusiastic crowds in the world and the backdrop of Nassau’s rich Junkanoo rhythms.”
ITN Productions Director of Sport Alastair Waddington, who will lead the host broadcast team, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for ITN Productions to work closely with one of the leading federations in world sport. We look forward to bringing our technical creativity, storytelling and outstanding client care to the relationship. We look forward to producing outstanding live images of a wonderfully vibrant and exciting event.”
ITN Productions will build the international broadcast compound at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium to supply live coverage, highlights and on-site facilities to the IAAF international Rights Holders.
ITN Productions’ London-based team will provide digital highlights for mainstream and online media to ensure engagement of multi generations of fans around the world.
The HB team will include Live Director Grant Phillips, Producer Mark Fulton and Technical Director Bevan Gibson. Outside broadcast facilities will be provided by NEP Visions.