The FIFA Women’s World Cup in France has just concluded with a win for the USA over the Netherlands. It has been a record-breaking championship - with outstanding audience figures for television. EBU’s radio members have embraced the tournament like never before, marking a hopeful change in attitude towards women’s sports from both the media and audiences alike.
Will women’s football manage to draw crowds and media coverage now the FIFA circus has left town for another 4 years? With EBU championing gender equality in sport, alongside UNESCO’s #ChangeTheGame initiative, we meet three journalists who are helping to drive change in the radio industry. Elaine Buckley is the presenter of a brand-new podcast focussing on women’s sport from Irish broadcaster RTE. Susanna Andrén has been in France covering the Women’s World Cup for Swedish Radio and Karoline Zobernig is a sports reporter for ORF who was championed as part of the EBU’s Young Reporter scheme and has just been awarded the overall prize for journalism from Sports Media Austria – the first woman to do so since the awards launched in 2004.
EBU members produce thousands of hours of live sports coverage every week. We gave just a small sample to two production mavericks to see how they get CREATIVE WITH COMMENTARY.
Cee-Roo is a Swiss producer who compiles sounds and video from around the World to create audio/visual masterpieces. His work is shown on Swiss broadcaster RTS and he's now touring with his own live show.
French Fuse is the brainchild of Benjamin and Jerry who have taken their classical music education and applied it to finding harmony and rhythm in everyday sounds: from seat-belt warning alarms to TV commercials. They worked with French broadcaster RMC to produce a track to celebrate France's success in last summer's FIFA World Cup.
In this podcast we look at the production of sporting highlights, using the pure emotion of great commentary to tell a story that crosses language barriers.
UEFA EURO 2020 will start in just over a year from now. Before the commentary of the opening match can reach our radios, an immense amount of planning has to take place. World Broadcaster Meetings (WBMs) are held before every major sporting event - but how useful are they and what do broadcasters hope to achieve by attending? In this episode we meet with five major European broadcasters before the first of two EURO 2020 WBMs.
"We're not looking at TV, radio or online. We're just looking at, what is the story?" In this episode we'll take you behind the scenes at VRT in Belgium to meet the sports journalists who are now serving TV, radio and online from one newsroom. We learn how this way of working demands a different and sometimes creative approach to planning, newsgathering and storytelling.
The first EBU Radio Sport Podcast of 2019 looks at the hugely popular sport of Handball. In this episode we talk to Patrick Rowlands from NRK Sport and Lars Brøndum Nielsen from DR to see how they cover this sport both on the radio and on social media. We ask if social media is the right tool to penetrate global audiences where particular sports are less popular? Handball has struggled to find a following in the UK, so to test our latest recruit from England, we asked Joe Mason to conduct the interview for this podcast.
What can we do to appeal to the next generation of radio sport listener? Is it about the tone of voice and the age of the presenter? Do we need to create a more dynamic sound and should we be better at promoting ourselves on social media? In this episode of the EBU Radio Sport Podcast, we're joined by experts from Italy's RAI, Belgium's VRT and RTBF, Austria's ORF and Radio France.
In the latest EBU Radio Sport Podcast, we look at the first edition of the European Championships held in Berlin and Glasgow in August. How did radio broadcasters across Europe feel about this brand-new multi-sport event? Did the audience get behind the competition? We hear from broadcasters in the two host cities, to find out if the event was a success and if it can be improved ahead of the next staging in 4 years time.
There’s no denying that the World Cup in Russia was a huge success with sensational football and ecstatic crowds. But radio was also a winner - with many discovering that you could hear a goal on the radio before it reached TV sets. Relaying the excitement of a World Cup match is the job of a talented group of individuals - all hanging on every single move a player makes on the pitch. In this podcast we hear from the two finalists - France and Croatia - with representatives from Radio France, RMC and HRT. We also meet one Russian journalist who found herself watching her home team in the company of BBC presenters in their Red Square studio.
How do broadcasters manage to send live audio from big sporting events? Mobile phones never work in huge crowds, so how do radio stations continue broadcasting live commentary without any dropouts or glitches. You'll hear about tools like Viprinet, Peplink, Comrex, Discord, Source-Connect and Cleanfeed.net.
“You should always plan for the un-expected”. How do radio broadcasters prepare for big sporting events like the World Cup? What happens when your national team fails to qualify and what’s the worst thing that can happen to a presenter that’s scared of flying and dogs?