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Covering the Scottish Question

Type: Outside Broadcasting
Client: ITV
Year: 2014

Friday 19 September 2014 is a date that will go down in history as the day that Scotland decided to remain part of the United Kingdom – and Trickbox TV had a ringside seat.

The Trickbox TV team planned, installed and supported multi-camera flyaway facilities for ITV’s Good Morning Britain show that was broadcast live from Edinburgh on the day of the Scottish Referendum results.

As well as the historic nature of the event, it was also the first time that Good Morning Britain had produced an entire four-hour show outside of the London studio, so it was extremely important to get things right.

“Trickbox TV was recommended by a colleague in the studio,” says Alice Gairdner, Senior Production Manager, Good Morning Britain. “They adapted well to the fluid brief and answered my many questions prior to the event. On the day, everything went according to plan. They worked very hard and couldn’t have done more for us – I would definitely book Trickbox TV again.”

Trickbox TV provided full ‘studio’ facilities on the roof of a city centre hotel, with three Sony HDC-1500R camera channels – including one on a jib to save space – and radio mics, presenter in-ear monitoring and talkback, as well as engineering support. The flyaway unit was built in a hotel room on the floor below, connected to ITN’s uplink facilities and a return feed for the final output. The feed was sent back to the Good Morning Britain studio where VTs and GFX were added. The team was also on standby for an additional four hour broadcast in the event of a Yes vote.