TELEVISION CHIEFS GET EXCITED BY DOHA
TV PRODUCTION experts descended on Doha last week for a world broadcasters’ meeting ahead of the IAAF World Championships next year, with much of the focus on the midnight marathons on the Corniche.
AW hears that those road races are set to be lit up more brightly than a Champions’ League football match with the spectacular urban backdrop of Doha’s skyline.
Grier Patterson from the Tokyo Broadcasting System said: “The stadium and the warm-up facilities all look fabulous, so we are really excited about what lies ahead for us next year.
“A lot of the broadcasters were interested to come here and portray athletics in a different venue than we have ever been at before.
“The organising committee and the host broadcaster have done a phenomenal job to get things ready with regards to the lighting and planning for the marathon.
“Marathons are extremely popular in Japan and we draw very big audiences in Japan. So, I think the midnight marathon is going to be a very neat presentation of Doha because of the way the city is lit up. I think it is going to shine very nicely.”
The broadcasters’ meeting follows the recent ticket sale launch, with seats available from 14 euros each.
Doha skyline: spectacular backdrop to the midnight marathons