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Tessa Mellinger

von Tessa Mellinger

March 02, 2019

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Seefeld 2019: in the TV studios of the World Championships

The pictures of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld went around the world: 900 hours were broadcast live worldwide, many more hours were spent reporting on the events and background of the World Championships on a wide variety of stations. Two TV stations even moved their studios directly to Seefeld for the World Championships: Austrian broadcaster ORF and Norwegian broadcaster NRK. We took an exclusive look behind the cameras and into the studios of the broadcasters.

NRK: The Norwegian broadcaster

That the Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld will be a celebration for the Norwegians was actually already clear in advance: There was hardly a competition in which the Norwegians were not on the podium. The medal table is firmly in their hands and the fans had a lot to celebrate. Norway is a Nordic nation - and so the broadcaster NRK has set up a studio in the center of Seefeld to be able to report in the best possible way on the events in Tyrol.

65 employees are on site in the noble glass studio. They broadcast about 20 to 45 minutes a day from the NRK studio. They even brought the interior from the far north: The wood for the furnishings comes from their capital, Oslo. By the way: To ensure that everything really fits, they have already completely built up the studio for testing purposes.

In the studio, there is a large panning camera with an infrared camera attached to the front. It recognizes all the "dots" (points) in the studio and thus knows where the presenter is standing. This is important for the graphics: During the broadcast, a picture of the competition or something similar is always superimposed. The graphics for this come from the truck of the World Cup camera and thanks to the infrared camera they magically appear in the picture next to the presenter.

The NRK studio set-up also includes a wooden table into which the winners' medals are burned. The winners get to sign their names here.

The size of the studio is a bit of a challenge for the team: "Small" in the truest sense of the word. Normally they have more space and so the work here is sometimes very hectic. Nevertheless, NRK can report from the heart of Seefeld about the Norwegian heroes of the World Championships in Seefeld 2019, who provide a real rain of medals here!

ORF and TirolBerg TV Studio: A stylish cooperation

The TirolBerg TV studio is also busy filming: ORF broadcasts live from there. On one side of the studio is the ORF studio with a fantastic view of the Medal Plaza and the Seekirchl, while on the other side is the TirolBerg TV studio, furnished in chic Tyrolean style. You can not only see this, but also smell it: Upon entering the studio, you immediately notice the pleasant smell of wood and the warm atmosphere.

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Should there ever be simultaneous filming in the ORF and TirolBerg TV studios, there is the Green Room with a green and a neutral wall: Here, filming can take place and the backdrop of the TirolBerg studio can be played.

Around 20 employees are on the road in the joint studios or in action with a mobile camera team.

ORF broadcasts a total of 60 hours live from the studio. Other reports are also recorded here.

The World Championships in Seefeld were a complete success for the broadcaster ORF: According to ORF, a total of 2.818 million viewers in Austria followed the broadcasts. That is 37 percent of the population aged 12 and over.

The most popular program was the combined events. 719,000 Austrians tuned in to ORF on February 24. The ratings for the men's team ski jumping competition were also more than satisfactory: 718,000 viewers tuned in to watch. Incidentally, that is a market share of 44% and 39% respectively.

The interview partners of the TirolBerg TV studio are presented with a bulging gift basket. The guests are also welcomed with a delicious Tyrolean Marend.

"Nordic Stories": More stories about and from the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld

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