German radio set up for World Cup


For the 2010 Fifa World Cup, German broadcaster Sudwestrundfunk (SWR) is responsible for all organisational, technical and logistical matters for ARD, the nationwide German radio and TV network. Host Broadcast Services (HBS) the official technical representative for Fifa, is responsible for the entire technical infrastructure used for the production of international video and audio feeds of the world soccer championship. ARD’s TV and radio audio feeds are both produced using Lawo consoles and routers.

For ARD’s radio studio control room, SWR rented a total of seven Lawo crystal consoles plus a mc²56 console from Audio Broadcast Services (ABS). Most of the equipment in question had already seen action at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

“The cooperation with our colleagues from ABS covers far more than just the rental business. For the system integration, for example, we needed to cooperate very closely’, explains Gerhard Rieber, head of technology for ARD radio in South Africa. Technical preparations for South Africa were very similar to the planning and implementation of the Vancouver Winter Games broadcasts.

The material produced by SWR, includes live recordings and self-recorded sound bites, which are edited within the mobile production network, saved and sent to Germany via audio file transfer. HBS sends all relevant feeds from the stadiums to SWR’s HD Core via ARD’s and ZDF’s master control room (MCR) using a MADI link. Again via MADI, SWR then distributes these feeds to the various other studios.


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