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Hong Kong Jockey Club Goes Wireless for TV Comms

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has installed a wireless intercom system between its television studios centre and the two race courses it operates in the autonomous territory of China. Since December broadcasts of races from the Sha Tin and Happy Valley tracks have involved Riedel Communications’ Bolero DECT-based comms system for keeping production crews in touch with each other as well as the programme staff.

Hong Kong Jockey Club camera operator on a Segway with Bolero belt pack

Hong Kong Jockey Club camera operator on a Segway with Bolero belt pack

HKJC was founded in 1884, when Hong Kong was part of the British Empire, and is a non-profit organisation noted for its charity work within the local community. Its TV operations are based at studios in the Sha Tin district of the New Territories, which is also home to one of the organisation's two racetracks. The other is located in Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island.

The broadcast centre and race courses were already using Riedel's Artist digital matrix intercom and Bolero, which was launched last year, has been integrated into this. "Reliable wireless communications are essential for our live TV productions of horse races," comments Yeung Shui Kin, senior broadcasting services manager of HKJC. "Our production crews located all around the race courses have to be able to count on clear, stable and uninterrupted comms from the TV studio." He adds that Bolero is able to provide links from any point around the two tracks, with the integration to the Artist frame "a huge plus".

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