I was super duper busy lately, days and nite thinking about F1.Yes F1 is coming, Malaysian GP is starting next week on the 3rd and NTV7 has been appointed as Hostbroadcaster as we are looking after NTV7,s legal matter i breath and smell nothing but F1.That was what normally happened when we got appointed as hostbroadcaster,we(TV3) had been doing it since 90's only stopped for two years.Once we are in charge the non stop worries will start,you got to be fast,understanding the needs,the technicalities,the implications.There many agreements involved including sub licensing with Formula One Management,UK,Camera Authorisation Agreement, Commentary Agreement,Joint Works Agreement,Technical and Coordination Agreement. You have got to understand the requirements of your Engineering department,how many cable and fixed cameras needed at the Tv compound,where to be fixed,paddock area, circuits,heli etc because all of these need to be reflected in the agreement. You need to do the non stop chasing-chase people in UK,chase the Sepang International Circuit,chase your own organization, if you cannot get agreement to be sign in time it will jeopardize your race,your international feed, the FOm in UK will not let your technical people to get listed for receiving International feeds until they see the signed agreement.As agreement will be controlled and prepared by UK,they will in come last minutes,then you got to go through,once you have got amendments you got to forward it to your Partneri.e sepang International circuit,then foward to Uk,wait for their reply,with the time different you ve got to wait until late evening.Then you got to deal with sponsors,airtime,advising Production team what can be done and what cannot be done..when it comes to F1 mark whatever to be appeared on Tv needs to get approval from UK..you have got to make sure the production people comply..so no peace of mind during this time until all races be completed.
No matter how tough it is since i ve been doing it long,i tend to love the whole affairs,despite all the worries and one or two tears i appreciate the event very much, i ve got the chance to attend yearly meeting at Princess gate,London and Biggins Hill. You will feel good when you managed to get the UK people to agree to your requirement,as it is not easy see to amend the standard agreement they always say "these are the standard terms".Experience at Biggin Hills,UK is priceless..yeap it suppossed to be boring because you ll get stuck with all the technical people from morning until 2 0r 3pm and they will be talking in details about the layout plan of TV compound in Sepang, where to put camera, to do new ducking,to improve cables,to provide helis,complaints about last year event, noise,rubbish not collected,the feed,the toilet,the people..so 5 or 6 hours will be spent scrutinising the new plan, all in technical lingos..you ve got to be fast in picking all those technical terms,sometimes our Engineer will just push it back to you..the best part is i: was the only lady..i had first class treatment and they always provide us with good halal finger foods-seafood sandwiches,delicious salad,cakes,brownies,chocolate..the best of the best is of course to go and see the "real things'..all the machines that they shipped everywhere in the world .These machines provide the feeds that you see on TV,when you look at the machines yo can't imagine how it works,thousand of wires and other complicated gadgets,then they take you to see coach use by Michael Shcumacher to travel in UK. Biggins Hill is far from London,they are at the outskirt,we normally rent a car and the Engineer will drive us there..we will pass the village etc etc..and the scenery was great..i normally go to the F1 when i got the free tickets, once, i got the opportunity to sit at the VIP rooms with cocktails served by Palace of the Golden Horses.This year, me and husband will go Sepang again to "pekak" our ears listening to the engine roaring,jet flying,people screaming..people can be so crazy seeing their favourite teams.It is not that i am crazy about the machine, the engine but because that is part of of my piece of work and I am proud of it.
Lets go Sepang next weekend..go get your tickets now..lets breath the roaring engines!
Sepang International Circuit.