The sound recordists responsible for delivering this year’s ABB FIA Formula E coverage to the BBC recently made good use of Bubblebee Industries technology to help circumnavigate the impact of Covid 19, which had threatened to scupper the sport’s 2019/2020 season.
Normally in Formula E, the fully electric, single seater cars race around major city centres in front of thousands of spectators, but due to the pandemic, this was no longer a safe option.
It was decided that the season would be completed by holding six races over nine days – behind closed doors – at Berlin’s Templehoff airport. Live TV coverage was provided by host broadcasters Aurora Media Worldwide and North One TV, known as Formula E TV, which supply the international and English host broadcast feed to channels such as the BBC, Eurosport and Mediaset.
Formula E’s Sound Supervisor is Paul Halstead, who heads a dedicated crew of sound engineers, many of whom have extensive live broadcast experience and have been involved in Formula E since its first season six years ago.
“We work as a team but we have very distinct roles,” Halstead explains. “Scott Morton looks after ENG crews and is involved with the live presentation element, while I handle mic allocation around the track and mixing the international feed, along with any additional race support presentation.”