Premiership Rugby is Back

Live on BT Sport

Premiership Rugby returned to BT Sport’s screens in mid-August after a five month lay-off. With all of the close contact involved in the game there were fears around the rugby world that this season would be impossible to complete. But as the authorities made their plans, at Sunset+Vine we were working behind the scenes to make sure that we could come back with as little disruption as possible.

It was always the plan that rugby on BT Sport would transition to remote production from the start of next season for reasons of sustainability. So, as Coronavirus became an added factor this process was accelerated to reduce numbers on site and increase separation between members of the production team. Along with our Sunset+Vine colleagues producing Premier and Europa League football for BT Sport we developed a work flow whereby we broadcast games with the majority of our crew working at our Remote Operating Centre (ROC) at OB provider Telegenic's base in High Wycombe. The only major difference between rugby and football is that our presenters are still on location.

A lot has changed very quickly and in many ways it has felt like we've been starting all over again. But the changes have added a new dimension to our work and we’re all exceptionally excited that the rugby is back. The Sunset+Vine rugby and technical teams have been brilliant at adapting to the new challenges and with 46 matches to cover in the space of 11 weeks we are back at full speed and bringing rugby to the screens of BT Sport once again with barely a moment to draw breath!

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