Benin’s Ministry of Sport sets up outside broadcast company for national football league, concerts and political meetings
18 November 2022
In an unusual move, Benin’s Minister of Sport Oscar Homeky has (with the support of President Patrice Talon) set up a newly created state company to film and broadcast national football tournaments and other events. Russell Southwood spoke to Jean-Paul Douin, responsible for exports at Videlio about the contract that has launched the new company.
The new state company ANECSMO has acquired an outside broadcast fleet that is probably unique in the West African region. The main OB unit (built on an 18 ton IVECO chassis) has an existing capacity for 10 HD cameras, all of which are 4K ready and the unit can be upgraded to handle 12 cameras.
Its companion van (built on a 5 ton Mercedes chassis) has an internal power generator and supports a five-camera portable production unit: “It can do five extra games at the same time and might also go to Cote d’Ivoire for extra events.” The contract was signed a year ago but supply chain issues with computer components has not affected the delivery of the contract: “It has been very hectic to be able to deliver it on time.” The vans are currently being shipped to Cotonou and will arrive in December.
ANECSMO will carry all the Government’s external broadcast requirements including national football league matches, concerts and political meetings. Interestingly, the state broadcaster ORTB that might have been expected to carry out this kind of work was not selected to do so. ANECSMO will carry out the live production function for ORTB.
Apparently the politicians saw an OB van bought in 2017 by the Ivorian state broadcaster RTI and decided they had to have one: “The Presidency decided to have its own OB production truck.”
Staff for the new OB production unit will be trained both in France and Benin. It will also have two consultants attached to the unit, one of whom is currently in Qatar, where he is responsible for the broadcasting from one of the World Cup stadiums.
According to Soccerway, Benin’s Championnat National is in its eighteenth week this season with three teams currently fighting it out for the championship: Buffles, Béké Bembèrèkè and Dynamo Parakou.
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