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BBC Sport awards OB contracts following split with SIS Live

BBC Sport awards OB contracts following split with SIS Live
Pippa Considine
09 September 2013

BBC Sport has awarded major OB contracts, including the coverage of Wimbledon and the Boat Race to CTV, NEP Visions, Presteigne Charter and Telegenic, following a split with SIS Live.

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: “We were hugely impressed by the calibre of the bids we received. The mix of suppliers we now have ensures best value for money for licence fee payers and will bring more innovation to the BBC’s coverage of sporting events."

BBC Sport and their current supplier, SIS Live, were unable to reach a commercial agreement for the provision of some of BBC Sport’s outside broadcast services. SIS Live will cease their work with BBC Sport at the end of their current contract in March 2014.

Barbara Slater added: “We are extremely grateful for the role played by SIS Live and its staff in covering sports events over many years. We are very disappointed that an agreement could not be reached and it goes without saying that we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”

Contracts awarded as part of the tender process were as follows:
    •    Athletics – NEP Visions
    •    The Boat Race - CTV
    •    Football - CTV
    •    Formula 1 - Presteigne Charter
    •    London Marathon - CTV
    •    Ruby League - Telegenic
    •    Rugby Union - Telegenic
    •    Tennis – NEP Visions
    •    Wimbledon – NEP Visions

Due to the unique technical requirements needed to deliver The Open Golf Championship, the outcome of this tender is not yet concluded. It will be announced in due course along with a number of other contracts including the FA Cup, Sports Personality of the Year and Olympic sports.

Companies awarded Framework Agreements to pitch for future work are Arena TV, CTV, Gearhouse Broadcast, NEP Visions, Presteigne Charter, Telegenic and Television Mobiles.

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