Channel 39's Outside Broadcast ( OB ) unit is a purpose built vehicle that provides the station with more flexibility to cover local events than ever before.
Station Chief Executive, Daryl Clarkson said that the outside broadcast unit brought to fruition the plan to showcase more of the region on-air " This represents an excellent step forward for local television, no longer is the channel studio-bound "There are many events we can think of which we could bring to viewers thanks to the new capability.
The OB facility was built by the technical staff at Allied Press and was first used some 10 years ago to broadcast the Dunedin Santa Parade, Ten years on and the Santa Parade is a permanent fixture to the channels calendar.
The unit is seen each year during Cadbury's Jaffa Race and each week during the winter the unit and the production team can be seen filming junior football for a same day broadcast.
Every Anzac Day morning the OB unit is there filming the Anzac Day Dawn Service.
Channel 39's Production Manager Luke Chapman said the mobile unit is fitted out as a purpose built studio compete with state of the art digital video mixer, graphics capability, sound and editing facilities in the one unit.
It can also accommodate up to 6 cameras, and be run single handed or with multiple crews. The unit can be powered by 240 volts or run from its own self contained power supply for maximum flexibility
As well as use by the station, Mr Chapman said the van would be available for hire by professional or community groups wishing to cover events.