Switzerland’s public broadcaster is in Vancouver with a record number of staff and equipment to cover the Winter Olympics beginning on Friday.
SRG SSR idée suisse, swissinfo.ch’s parent company, has well over 200 staff and 40 tons of equipment in the Canadian city and the ski resort of Whistler, where the alpine and Nordic ski events will be held.
Switzerland’s public broadcaster was awarded the exclusive mandate by the International Olympic Committee to provide the television coverage of all the alpine ski races in Whistler.
Forty-one television cameras will be used to capture the speed – and spills – of the skiers in the downhill, slalom and other alpine events.
More than 40 tons of television and radio equipment were shipped or flown to the Olympic sites. Alone in Vancouver, SRG SSR idée suisse has rented a space for its temporary studios measuring 848sqm.
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