SVG Europe announces Women in Sports Media Initiative winter tech networking event
SVG Europe has announced that the next Women in Sports Media Initiative (WISMI) networking event will be held on Thursday 15 November at the BT Sport studios in Stratford, London, and themed on technical roles.
The WISMI winter tech networking event is sponsored by BT Sport and Timeline TV and will feature speakers from both companies as well as a panel session on women working in technical roles within sports broadcasting.
Timeline TV and BT Sport will be welcoming both women and men from across the sports broadcast industry to Studio 1 at BT Sport, Stratford E20 3BS, from 6pm for a relaxed networking evening of drinks, canapés and informative discussion.
You can register here for the event.
The evening will begin with BT Sport presenter Abi Stephens kicking off the panels as the MC for the evening.
The first session, titled ‘Take 1: Interview with BT Sport’s Reshmin Chowdhury and Eilidh Barbour’, will see the two BT Sport pundits talking with Stephens about their love of sport, their careers, how they see women in sports broadcast now and going forward, and their legacy in sports presenting.
Following that, the second session, called ‘Inside the Toolbox: Looking at women in technical roles in sports broadcast’, will cover the challenges and positive points for women in technical roles in the sports broadcast arena. Speakers from Timeline TV and BT Sport will be announced next week.
Jamie Hindhaugh, chief operating officer at BT Sport, commented, “We are proud of BT Sport’s track record for championing women in sport, whether that’s by raising the profile of women’s football and tennis through our in-depth TV coverage, working with many female presenters, pundits and reporters across all of our sports or supporting the careers of talented female production staff here at BT Sport. We’re looking forward to a packed evening of discussion and recognition of women in sport.”
Malcolm Cowan, head of technology for BT Sport at Timeline TV, added, “As a leader in broadcast technology, Timeline fully recognises the benefit and balance women bring to our technical teams. We already have several female engineering leads in our Stratford and OB divisions and they have all proved to be valued colleagues and fantastic ambassadors for the business. I firmly believe that all broadcast engineering roles should have an equal mix of men and women and can only hope that the industry will have a more positive approach to women in technical roles across all broadcast disciplines. SVG Europe is the ideal forum to push this message out to the community and I’m sure that the event will be a marvellous success.”