Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Behind the Scenes as TV Gears Up for Its Ashes Test

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Behind the Scenes as TV Gears Up for Its Ashes Test

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder

THE Ashes gets under way tomorrow in Cardiff - but unlike 2013 the series will not be calling at Chester-le-Street.

It means cricket fans in the North East miss out on the spectacle - however, it will not stop the game being beamed to houses around the region by Sky Sports.

The Chronicle was offered a behind-the-scenes tour of Sky's coverage at the recent ODI series-clinching win for England against New Zealand at Durham's Emirates ICG.

It is easy to take TV coverage of cricket for granted but after a whistlestop-tour of Sky's production unit, the commentary boxes and camera gantry, we discovert for one T20 cricket match, there are around 20 cameras on-site, over 30 microphones and over 15 miles of cabling.

This goes up to 30 cameras for an ODI and 40 cameras for a Test match.

During the Ashes 120 people will form the production crew as they look to hunt down the best crowd shots and instant player reaction as well as working with match officials to provide the definitive angles for the Decision Referral System. …

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