During the soccer World Cup finals in June next year, the most eagerly awaited television transmissions will be beamed around the world from Argentina.
During the soccer World Cup finals in June next year, the most eagerly awaited television transmissions will be beamed around the world from Argentina. The nerve centre for these broadcasts -- a new television production centre -- is being built in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.
SYNOPSIS: Into these holes in the ground will go some of the hundreds of miles of cable needed to receive pictures from stadia around the country and send them to places as distant as Melbourne and Moscow.
During the first stage of the tournament, between the First and Eleventh of June, the 16 finalists will play a total of 24 matches. On three dates, the equipment going into this centre will receive and process transmission from four separate matches. The centre will house 30 cameras, 10 videotape recorders, masses of ancillary equipment and all the hardware needed for radio broadcasts.
Mobile production units will operate out of the six stadia where matches will be played. The two immense stadia in Buenos Aires -- River Plate and Velez Sarsfield -- are among the most famous soccer grounds in the world. River Plate will have 150 cabins for radio and television commentators.
The new colour television equipment will have its first major test on 14 January next year, when the cup draw will be made and broadcast all over the world. Then regular commercial transmissions will begin in March. Channel Seven in Buenos Aires will be in charge of transmissions from this centre, which will be linked with local centres at the provincial venues -- Rosaio, Mendoza, Cordoba and Mar del Plate.