Commbus were engaged by ITV to provide event support services for the live ITV Leaders Debate.
The First Election Debate on ITV in 2010 made broadcasting history, and was the most watched factual programme of any kind during that year, with more than nine million viewers throughout its 90-minute duration.This year on April 2nd at 8pm, Julie Etchingham will host and moderate the first leaders’ debate of the 2015 General Election campaign. It will feature seven party leaders – David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Nicola Sturgeon, Natalie Bennett and Leanne Wood – in The ITV Leaders’ Debate. – information from ITV Press release 02.04.15
Our team headed to Media City in Manchester to provide the following services.
Outside Broadcast Area:
Event bus for : Outside UK & European Broadcasters Hub
Event Trailer for: Housing media feed racks
Including: The Event Bus, site signage to and from the Media Centre and Studio, Internal ITV Branding
We took an empty building on site at Media City and transformed this into the Media Centre and Spin Room. This included a reception area for all press and party representatives for collecting accredited passes, information pack and provided cloakroom facilities.
The main Spin Room was set up for 300 people. The room had to have carpet laid, furniture installed, branding installed and final dressing including a floral package. We had a secondary room from the Spin Room where we set up a refreshment falcility and second viewing area of the lead feed from the Studio.
Following the Event we have received the following:
Just wanted to say thank you to you and the team for providing such a great service to the Leaders Debate “Media Centre” and the outside broadcast area. Nothing was to much trouble and everything was delivered as expected. The room(s) had exactly the right look and created a warm atmosphere for people to watch the programme in. Everyone commented on how great it was – even the controller of ITV1 Peter Fincham who was in the Media Centre & Spin room. He’s the man who commissions Downton Abbey & X factor etc.. I look forward to working with you in the future and thanks again.
Steve, Head of Technical Services, ITV