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OBs snap up contracts as SIS re-thinks asset sale

OBs snap up contracts as SIS re-thinks asset sale
David Wood
13 March 2014

Major OB players have continue to benefit from SIS Live’s decision to pull out of the OB market with NEP-Visions and CTV boosted by new contract wins.

Although the BBC awarded most of the major SIS contracts last September, some major events and many of SIS Live’s ad hoc contracts were left up for grabs.
CTV has won July’s Open Golf – which includes The Open and The Women’s Open – to add to CTV’s SIS haul which includes The Boat Race and the London Marathon.

NEP-Visions has snapped up the Chelsea Flower Show (which this year will be jointly fronted by Monty Don and journalist Sophie Raworth) and the BBC’s Proms coverage, which join NEP’s new SIS contracts which include the Athletics and Wimbledon.

“It’s a good fit for us,” said NEP-Visions commercial & technical projects director Brian Clark, explaining how the new work would fit with NEP-Visions existing workload which includes Premiership and Champions League football.

All new contracts start at the end of March.

According to reports, SIS is struggling to sell its OB fleet as a going concern.

The fleet, which has been on sale since October last year, is now understood to have been re-tendered so that the OB units could be split up among different buyers.

The assets include six large HD trucks, two 12 camera HD units and two small 6 and 8 camera units plus a fleet of SD trucks.


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