BBC Outside Broadcasts is using 53 cameras to cover Wimbledon 2005, including two radio cameras, nine robotic cameras, two jib cameras and eight super slo mo cameras. 42 miles of signal cable will be used to deliver coverage.
Three BBC Outside Broadcast production units will be onsite, plus two recording units. Over hundred staff will be involved in the two week championship.
Hawk-Eye, which tracks the ball and enables the production team to pull out statistical data will be used for the third time and now has an accuracy of 3mm.
BBC Outside Broadcasts handle the host and domestic broadcast services for the Championships, simultaneously providing coverage from eight courts, including Centre and No.1 Court. In 2004, some 900 hours of footage were made available to the All England Club and distributed around the world to 167 countries.
So extensive is BBC Sport’s commitment to Wimbledon that their coverage of eight show courts for 2004 effectively amounts to eight separate outside broadcast operations, each with a minimum of three cameras (up to nine on centre court), a slow motion facility, a director with support staff, engineering and audio control, and a graphics organisation.
In 2004, BBC Sport transmitted 160 hours of coverage of Wimbledon in the UK on BBC ONE and BBC TWO, including a daily highlights programme in the evening. The UK audience for Tim Henman’s match against Mark Philippoussis peaked at 11.3 million.
Play was televised for the first time in 1937, when matches were transmitted by the BBC from the centre court for up to half an hour each day of the meeting, but it was not until after the Second World War that they were televised each day.
BBC Outside Broadcasts first captured Wimbledon in colour in 1967.
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