Al Jazeera Sports has exclusive broadcast rights to the FIFA World Cup in the GCC
Al Jazeera Sports has exclusive broadcast rights to the FIFA World Cup in the GCC. Chris Anderson invaded the Doha studios to talk punditry and players (just don’t mention the interference).
In the main studio, the day’s guest pundits – (from left) former English Premier League referee Graham Poll, and ex-England players Mark Hateley and David Platt – prepare to analyse the Spain v Switzerland match, alongside sports anchor Angus Scott.
The camera crew prepares to broadcast from the studio. All is quiet – only the sound of the match can be heard.
Spain didn’t seem to play too badly, so the final 1-0 win for the Swiss is a surprise. Post-match interviews reveal that Swiss goalscorer Gelson Fernandes is just as surprised. ‘Not bad for a Manchester City reject,’ muse the pundits.
Scott scribbles a few frantic notes.
Moments earlier, Hateley had been upstairs in the hospitality suite, watching a large bank of screens displaying earlier games and other Al Jazeera channels.
Thoughts are compared on match highlights and the main points of discussion, with updated graphics of group tables prepared along with notes for the autocue.
All the incoming information is collated to compile the broadcast.
Hateley and Platt discuss the match upstairs in the hospitality suite. Talk soon turns to other teams taking part in the tournament, including England, whose performance in their first two matches
In two rooms full of screens and computers, the game is viewed from multiple angles and discussed, with clips edited for the post-match analysis.
All looks cool, calm and collected on screen, but the area behind the cameras is full of activity as the crew work in silence to capture the action.
Poll and Hateley chip in with their opinions on the match – a huge upset for the favourites.
The studio crew wrap up yet another successful Al Jazeera broadcast.