More than 100 million people in the United States alone will watch the Super Bowl Sunday night on CBS. And, as usual, the network will rely heavily on IBEW broadcasting members to provide a world-class viewing event.
Members of Washington, D.C., Local 1200 are in Atlanta preparing to work CBS’ Super Bowl broadcast.
IBEW camera personnel and technicians will be in charge of transmitting the pictures and sounds from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, as they have been many times before.
There are about 300 members on site working for the network and representing about 15 different job classifications, including camera, audio, utilities, replay, video engineering, graphic artists and editors. They are represented by St. Louis Local 4, Hollywood, Calif., Local 45, Washington, D.C., Local 1200 and New York Local 1212.
That figure doesn’t include IBEW members working for other television and radio outlets reporting from Atlanta.
“I’m a sports fan and I watch the Super Bowl every year, but I enjoy it a little more when our members are providing the sound and pictures,” International President Lonnie R. Stephenson said. “They’re the best at what they do and deserve to show off their work to the widest possible audience. It’s another reason we’re so thankful for our long partnership with CBS, and I know our brothers and sisters will make us proud on Sunday night.”
The IBEW has represented CBS workers since 1939, when it was still a radio company, and its camera operators and technicians have worked all 20 Super Bowls by CBS, the most of any American network.
The IBEW also represents camera operators and technicians at Fox Sports, which has aired eight Super Bowls – meaning IBEW brothers and sisters will have worked 28 of the 53 Super Bowl games played since 1967.
“Working an event of this magnitude is something we never take for granted,” Broadcasting and Telecommunications Director Martha Pultar said. “Football fans across North America know CBS will present a superb broadcast of the game, and our IBEW members on the scene in Atlanta are a big reason for that.”
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