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UK OB sector out in force for Royal Wedding

Trucks from the UK's leading outside broadcast companies will be in attendance at the Royal Wedding next Friday (29th April), including the MasterSound audio mobile and new OB5 unit from SIS LIVE and Arena Television's OB14, the first scanner in Britain to have a Lawo console, writes Kevin Hilton.

Trucks from the UK’s leading outside broadcast companies will be in attendance at the Royal Wedding next Friday (29th April), including the MasterSound audio mobile and new OB5 unit from SIS LIVE and Arena Television’s OB14, the first scanner in Britain to have a Lawo console, writes Kevin Hilton. The country might not be turning into one giant street party, as happened for the nuptials of Prince William’s parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981, but his marriage to Kate Middleton will receive full coverage on the BBC, ITV and Sky. SIS LIVE is claiming to be the principal provider of facilities and equipment. It will have seven HD trucks working on the day, including its OB5 (pictured), which is equipped with a dual fader Calrec Audio Sigma Bluefin desk and went on the road at the beginning of this month. Specialist audio vehicle MasterSound will also be used, along with 13 uplink trucks and five uplink production units. SIS LIVE is supplying all RF communications, including 32 UHF radio talkback systems, plus a further 35 intercom circuits working on fibre or satellite. The company is also operating two presentation studios for presenter links and interviews. The ceremony inside Westminster Abbey will be covered by NEP Visions, although it will be using 13 special cameras and mounts installed by SIS LIVE. Production inside the Abbey is being produced by the BBC, with feeds available to ITN, which in turn is supplying Sky News, ITV and broadcasters from around the world. Visions HD4 is covering the Maundy Thursday ceremony at the Abbey today (21st April) and will remain on site for the Wedding. Arena TV is contributing two OB units, plus helicopters for aerial shots. The company’s new OB14 will be making its second major outing at the Wedding. This single expanding articulated truck is the first scanner in the UK to house a Lawo audio console. The 56-fader mc² 66 was selected because OB14 is aimed more at TV entertainment and music production rather than sport. Other major OB companies, including CTV, Telegenic and Prolink, will also have a presence on the Big Day. www.sislive.tvwww.arena-tv.comwww.visions-ob.com

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