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Helping a round-the-clock charity event cover the heart of the action

In December, the Swedish Public Service charity organisation Radiohjälpen (Radio Help), in collaboration with Swedish Radio and Swedish Television (Sveriges Television AB – SVT), arranged the successful Musikhjälpen (The Music Help) for the sixth time. This year’s annual event collected money to assist sexually abused victims from war conflicts and refugee camps with their medical care needs and their legal actions against abuse offenders. BWS helped SVT with the event’s coverage by providing a Nano PRO Tx System.

For one week, three hosts enter ‘The Glass Cage’, a fully equipped radio studio placed in a town square in Sweden.

For one week three hosts enter ‘The Glass Cage’, a fully equipped radio studio placed in a town square somewhere in Sweden, with a new location selected each year. The hosts live, eat and sleep in the facility, broadcasting live radio around the clock for an entire week. The radio show is also streamed on Swedish Television’s web platform SVT Play with the help of PTZ cameras and some handheld broadcast cameras. The town square is covered with microphones and cameras to capture all the activity outside of the cage. Many guests visit the show to share their knowledge of the year’s chosen cause and charitable goals, and reporters discuss their global experiences and interview those affected by abuse.

Funds were raised in a variety of ways, from listeners paying to determine the music played, to fundraising competitions, to auctions of signed celebrity goods. At this latest event, more than £4-million was collected.

The BWS Nano PRO TX transmitter was mounted on a gimbal together with a DSLR camera, which made it easy to move around the crowded square.

This year, the BWS Nano PRO TX system helped SVT cover the multitude of activities taking place in the square over the course of the week. The Nano PRO TX Transmitter is an ultra-miniature COFDM digital video transmitter, designed specifically for Point-of-View (PoV) and body-worn applications. With proven DTC COFDM and H.264 encoder technology at its core, exceptionally small size and ultra-low power consumption (typically 7W), the BWS PoV HD transmitter lets production teams offer viewers stunning high-definition images from the heart of the action, in situations never previously possible due to equipment size and battery run-time constraints. At Musikhjälpen, the transmitter was mounted on a gimbal together with a DSLR camera, which made it easy to move around the crowded square.

“The system performed excellent all week in all kinds of weather,” says Mattias Sellfors, Technical Planner with SVT. “This was a huge improvement in video coverage for the production in comparison to earlier years when 5.8 GHz WiFi systems had been used.”