October 28, 2013
By Eugene Nonis
Sydney – Approximately six weeks from this year’s original Federal election date of 14 September, a new date, 7 September, was announced, reducing the lead time for broadcasters to just five weeks. Coincidentally and rather unfortunately, it also transpired that the new date would be an extremely busy weekend due to many Australian OB companies being occupied with finals’ season commitments, something that was not previously an issue with the original election announcement.
Seven Network devised a different strategy according to Technical Services Manager Gary Porter. Porter said, “We were fast approaching this deadline and needed to find an alternate source of supply in Sydney that could deliver a custom-built system to expand our facilities for the evening. It became clearly apparent when reviewing the quotes we received from vendors that Videocraft understood the mission critical nature of the task at hand and could provide both the equipment and support staff to meet our requirements.”