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Gaining broadcast industry experience at the heart of the Games

David Lowe and Callum Donaldson, Loggers, International Broadcast Centre

16/09/2014
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David Lowe from City of Glasgow College and Callum Donaldson from Kelvin College worked as loggers on a wide range of live broadcasts throughout the Games as part of the Legacy 2014 Host Broadcaster Training Initiative.

Both found out about the HBTI through their lecturers, and jumped at the chance to get behind the scenes at the Games. 

 

David Lowe

Training began nearly a year before the start of the Games, with a range of sessions both at college and on site at other sporting events.

I also assisted with the broadcasting of the Queen’s Baton Relay, meaning I felt confident when it came to covering the actual Games.

Originally, I wasn’t even sure exactly what a logger did, but now it’s a line of work I’d definitely like to pursue.

The HBTI really opened my eyes up to the wide range of hidden but vital roles within the industry and I was very lucky to work with a highly experienced team at the top of their game.

By enabling me to make important contacts and further develop my skills, the HBTI has opened up other doors, including the opportunity to work as a camera assistant at T in the Park’s Radio 1 Stage.


Callum Donaldson

It was our responsibility to log details of games and events against the live footage so that editors could easily find what they needed to compile highlights packages.

We would flag key moments and shots we thought were most suitable, so it was really great to watch the highlights and know that we’d played a part in selecting them and they were being broadcast internationally.

Being involved in such a large scale operation was a truly amazing and informative experience and I’ve gained valuable hands-on experience of the editing process which has led to other opportunities with sports media outlets.

 

 

 

 

The Legacy 2014 Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI), saw 600 students from across Scotland benefit from world-class media broadcast training, with over 200 successfully securing roles at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Made possible by £534,000 of funding from the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland, the HBTI was jointly managed and delivered by SVGTV, the host broadcaster for Glasgow 2014, and Creative Loop, Scotland’s talent development hub for the creative industries.