EBU Premiere Visual Radio at European Athletic Championships in Zurich

Caroline Brindle,

For the first time, our member the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is enabling sports fans listening to radio coverage of the Zurich 2014 European Athletics Championships this week to ‘see’ as well as hear the action.

Available on Hybrid Radio receivers, as well as DAB+ slideshow and embedded into broadcaster’s web pages, the EBU has created a RadioDNS server for broadcasters that want to start using hybrid radio without having to deploy their own infrastructure. The slideshow is also available with an English audio feed, via the EUROVISION Sports LIVE App.

“The Visual Radio project will deliver start lists, results, pictures of the athletes in action and quotes from participants directly to radio audiences,” said Christophe Pasquier, Senior Sports Producer for EURORADIO.

In collaboration with European Athletics and their partners Swiss Timing and Getty Images, the brand new live data slideshow will display results and pictures live from the event to EURORADIO.

Mathias Coinchon, Senior Project Manager for EBU Technology and Innovation, and the Secretary of RadioDNS said, “The Visual Radio project is a welcome advance for radio broadcasters who now have to think about producing an attractive slideshow while also keeping production costs down. EURORADIO can help them by offering pre-produced international slides that they can add to their existing visual radio flow. The EBU’s Technology, Sport and Radio departments have worked together to create a fully immersive radio experience. The fact that new developments are available as open source on the new ebu.io server, enables direct interaction with users and the ability to develop, integrate and adapt this service for other sports events in the future.”

For more information, click here for the EBU blog post or contact Christophe Pasquier, Senior Sports Producer, EURORADIO on pasquier@ebu.ch or +41 79 794 7946.