On Thursday June 25th, London’s Natural History Museum (NHM) and non-governmental organisation, Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), launched the Third Progress Report of the London Declaration on NTDs: Country Leadership and Collaboration on NTDs. The panel, moderated by Jon Snow (Channel 4 News), included contribution from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GSK, the World Health Organisation, the Department for International Development and Ethiopia’s Minister of Health (by video).
It was Joe Beecham, Project Manager with the NHM’s preferred supplier Metro Broadcast, who designed and managed the technical elements of the event which was delivered by live, interactive webcast as well as tele-conference to ensure it was accessible to everyone in all parts of the world.
The event was held in the Darwin Centre 2. Normally an exhibition space, the area was transformed with a platform, top table, audience seating, sound system and presentation screens to accommodate the event. Two HD cameras were used to film the two-hour event and the live mix was uploaded directly to the webcast platform and relayed to plasma screens around the room.
The webcast skin, designed by Metro’s graphics team, allowed for not only the live broadcast but also the accompanying slides and a Q&A submission section. Viewers could contribute questions during the live event which could be screened by the panel before answers were provided and published.
The Museum’s telephone system was also utilised for the tele-conference providing 40 inbound lines while Metro provided a telephone balancing unit to ensure those calling in could hear via the PA system which had been temporarily installed for the event.
Nigel Mullins, Senior Operations Manager at the NHM said, “This event required more than a sound system, a stage and a few plasma screens. We needed a supplier with the technical skills to deliver a flawless live webcast. Metro Broadcast has a very experienced camera team and the technical skills to build broadcast channels and user interfaces which are both engaging and robust.”