UEFA has won a prize in the Best Live Event Coverage category at the TV Sports Awards 2016 and has been nominated in two categories in the 2016 SPORTEL Awards.
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UEFA's state-of-the-art coverage of UEFA EURO 2016 was the big winner at the 2016 TV Sports Awards (TVSA) held on Monday 24 October at the Fairmont Hotel in Monaco.
The ceremony was held to raise money for Play for Change, a charity which aims to improve the lives of children through sport and education.
The TV Sports Awards prize was among the highlights of an excellent week in Monaco for the UEFA EURO 2016 host broadcast team, which was also nominated for two awards at the 2016 SPORTEL Awards, held on Tuesday 25 October at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum.
UEFA's ultra-motion rail camera system, which provided audiences around the world with crystal-clear, 500-frames-per-second images of the decisive goalmouth action, was a finalist in the Innovation Prize category, while UEFA's footage of Éder's winning strike in the final of UEFA EURO 2016 was nominated in the Best Slow Motion category.
Bernard Ross, Head of UEFA TV Production, said: "The TV Sports Award for Best Live Event Coverage, the SPORTEL Awards nominations and UEFA's recent IBC award nomination continue to demonstrate UEFA's long-term commitment to broadcast innovation at the EURO and across all of our competitions. UEFA is dedicated to continually reviewing technology, workflows and camera positions around the match to ensure our global broadcast partners and their audiences continue to receive what we like to call 'the best seat in the house'."
UEFA EURO 2016 was the biggest EURO yet, with the UEFA host broadcast team delivering to over 130 broadcast partners, operating in more than 230 territories, with more cutting-edge live match and additional programming content than ever before, amounting to over 3,500 hours of material.
As in 2008 and 2012, UEFA managed the broadcast production centrally, with nearly 2,000 staff committed to the broadcast of the event – which in 2016 included several broadcast innovations, such as eight matches produced in 4K UHD and virtual reality 360° testing. All host broadcast activities were centred around the 17,000m/sq International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Paris, which was also the home to 40 of UEFA's broadcast partners.