Only a mirage! The spectacular Tokyo skyline has been on near-permanent show in the course of the BBC’s Olympics protection… however our TV groups are broadcasting from Salford
The spectacular Tokyo skyline has been on near-permanent show in the course of the BBC’s Olympics protection.
So you may be forgiven for considering the presenters had been residing the excessive life within the land of the rising solar.
However the truth is, nearly all of the crew is sitting within the barely much less glamorous environment of Salford.
The broadcaster has a couple of dozen reporters really out within the Japanese capital overlaying all the game.
Many of the BBC are sitting in Salford reasonably than in Tokyo for the Olympics. Pictured: Katherine Grainger, Chris Hoy, Clare Balding, Alex Scott Pundits within the BBC Digital Olympic Studio
In the meantime, 49 commentators, together with 13 studio friends and pundits and ten presenters, are utilizing the England-based studio.
So whereas hosts Clare Balding and Alex Scott, and former Olympic champions Katherine Grainger and Sir Chris Hoy could look like basking within the neon twinkle of Tokyo at night time, they’re actually surrounded by 11 metre-square inexperienced screens.
The digital and bodily set design – which resembles a Japanese rooftop pagoda – was created by Toby Kalitowski at BK Design Initiatives and Jim Mann at Lightwell.
The multi-million-pound digital studio relies within the coronary heart of MediaCityUK close to Salford Quays – 4 miles from Manchester metropolis centre.
It has three presentation areas – the principle studio, a backyard with a digital fish pond and a separate runway – all filmed in the identical area, roughly the prolonged of two Olympic swimming swimming pools and 5 broad.
The digital and bodily set design – which resembles a Japanese rooftop pagoda – was created by Toby Kalitowski at BK Design Initiatives and Jim Mann at Lightwell
The commentators for occasions are additionally primarily based in Salford, reasonably than by the monitor or pool, sitting facet by facet in their very own particular person cubicles which have home windows for them to see their co-commentator subsequent door.
Whereas Tokyo boasts the tallest tower on this planet, Skytree, and the Sensō-ji temple, Salford is house to the famed Salford Lads’ Membership and the Imperial Battle Museum.
Previous to the Video games beginning, host Gabby Logan, who’s on air daily, mentioned: ‘We’ll be presenting from Salford this yr, utilizing a inexperienced display screen to seem like Tokyo!
‘It’s going to be robust from a focus viewpoint, as a result of we do not have focal factors to attract on, however we’ll do our greatest to create a fantastic ambiance and an pleasant present.’