Sunset + Vine and Global Television will team up to boradcast 2014 Commonwealth Games
Scotland’s creative sector has been given a jobs boost as Glasgow 2014 unveils the host broadcaster for the Commonwealth Games.
The contract has been awarded to international broadcast firms Sunset + Vine and Global Television.
The deal will see the two independent television production companies working together as SVGTV for the first time – broadcasting to a potential world-wide audience of more than one billion people.
The organisers say the contract will “create up to 1,000 job opportunities as well as providing world-class training for a new generation of young broadcast specialists.”
The company – which will open an office in Glasgow - will collaborate with universities and colleges to create an education and training programme which will offer live broadcast, creative and technology skills.
As a result it is expected that 120 students will begin their broadcast careers during the games in Glasgow. The organisers said: “This investment in skills for the creative sector will form part of the legacy of Glasgow 2014.”
This will be the third consecutive Commonwealth Games covered by Australian-based Global Television, while Sunset+Vine, based in London, has covered a number of live sporting events, including the World Athletics Championships and the Grand National.
First Minister Alex Salmond said that the appointment of the host broadcaster was “a very significant milestone” as it was the largest contract that Glasgow 2014 would appoint.
"It will not only mean an enormous contribution towards the successful delivery of the Games, but will give a huge boost to Scotland's creative industries,” he said.
“During the Games up to 1000 broadcast-related job opportunities will be available - leading to huge demand for the talented broadcasters and technicians we have here in Scotland.
"The positive legacy that Sunset+Vine and Global Television will leave behind is also pivotal.
“At least 120 graduates from Scotland will work with them during the Games, creating a talent pool that I know will be highly sought-after when Scotland hosts other sporting events in years to come - not least of which will be the 2014 Ryder Cup.”
SVGTV will be responsible for the delivery of comprehensive high definition multi-camera sports coverage as well as full coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. It will also manage the design, installation and operation of the International Broadcast Centre.
The company will recruit a team of more than 1,000 production and technical experts to deliver the television and radio coverage of the Games for audiences around the world.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will take place between July 23 and August 4.