During these challenging times, the Broadcast Academy is grateful to have been able to deliver the Live Sports Direction training in Sri Lanka with our partner, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and hosts − Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC).

The training was conducted between 10-13 March at the SLRC premises, Colombo, with 22 participants coming from Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka benefitting from this four-day session.

The unique aspect of this Live Sports Direction training was a day of outside broadcast (OB) experience for the participants, where they witnessed live football coverage under the guidance of Director trainer Jean-Charles Vankerkoven.

Top sports director, Jean-Charles Vankerkoven was assisted by EVS trainer Sebastian Szelag, in the delivery of the session. The participants got practical experience of an OB environment and a first-hand idea of camera/production planning and crucial tips on live broadcasting. The training covered the theory of live sports directing and a hands-on session on the EVS X-One simulator, acquainting the participants with the art of storytelling and live event broadcasting philosophies.

Susanthi Jeewani Premachandra ─ course participant, and one of the few women producers in Sri-Lanka ─ enthused: “It was a great learning experience for me to be mentored by BA expert, Charlie (Jean-Charles Vankerkoven), and trying my hands on the X-One. The practical aspect of this session definitely made the experience fulfilling.”

“These practical training sessions will develop the skills of the sports broadcasting community in the region and will raise the standards of production across the region”, remarked Cai Yanjiang, Sports Director, ABU.

Ekta Hutton, Acting Head of Broadcast Academy, commented: “These training activities are important as it brings us closer to the broadcasting communities and helps us leave a lasting legacy across the Asia Pacific region.”

Broadcast Academy hopes that through these challenging times, dealing with the impact of COVID-19, our broadcasting community stays strong.