The crowds gathered at Scotland’s national stadium to take part in the launch of the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop unveiled the HBTI broadcast truck that will be used to train 600 students in live television production of live events, ultimately resulting in 200 students working at the heart of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Here are the key quotes from the launch from the people at the centre of making this huge initiative become an amazing opportunity for the students of Scotland.
“Working at Scotland’s biggest ever sporting event will be an exciting and rewarding experience for these students. The benefits for Scotland are a new generation of talent, giving Scottish firms a wider pool of experienced staff to cover other major sporting or music events. There will also be a greater ability for our colleges to teach new skills in the creative industries. That is a tremendous, tangible and long lasting legacy from hosting the Games.”
– Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP
“Sunset Vine and Global TV, Glasgow 2014’s Host Broadcaster, will showcase the XX Commonwealth Games to the world. In doing so, they will implement a training initiative that not only delivers great coverage of the Games, but makes an investment in Scotland’s media industry by creating opportunities for hundreds of students who will gain valuable skills and experience at a vital time in the beginning of their careers. Its positive impact promises to be felt for many years to come.”
– David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive
“The HBTI will see participating students given real skills training in how to use the latest Outside Broadcast (OB) hardware equipment and technology, as well as real work experience in live broadcast, creative production. The intention is that these students will reach sufficient proficiency through their pre-Games education to be deployed during the Games itself, providing an invaluable skills legacy for the broadcast and television production industry in Scotland beyond Glasgow 2014.”
– Jeff Foulser, Chairman of Sunset+Vine