RTP at the FIFA World Cup 2010

José Pinto Da Fonseca (far right) and the RTP team

The FIFA World Cup™ always throws up a group that is a nightmare scenario for the national team coaches involved, the famous “Group of Death”. The paradox is, however, that while Portugal’s placement in Group G with Brazil is a headache for coach Carlos Queiroz it is a dream for broad­casters RTP – providing a direct head-to-head clash between the two nations on which they place the biggest emphasis.

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The only glitch is the timing of the clash. “Por­tugal-Brazil, our biggest match, will not be on in prime time. It will kick-off at 15:00 Portuguese time. The audience will be good but not the same as we would hope for an evening game,” explained Producer José Pinto Da Fonseca.Nevertheless, RTP will keep their audience in­terested with various other FIFA World Cup™- related programming in between the 16 first round matches they will initially air. “We will broadcast 60 minutes of highlights almost every night, we have an evening show called ‘At Night At The World Cup’ and after our daily news bul­letin at 21:00 we will air a five-minute piece with footage of the players’ day – including shots from the dressing room and the players socialising.” Providing both TV and radio coverage, RTP will have commentary positions for both media at each Portugal and Brazil game. Their news and analysis shows will also be broadcast to several Portuguese-speaking African territories – such as Angola and Mozambique – via RTP International.RTP’s HD channel will ensure viewers have the chance to see the action in stunning high defini­tion, while a satellite truck will be based at the Portuguese hotel and training camp. “This event is the biggest operation outside Europe and Asia for RTP. It will be a tough challenge for us,” con­cluded José. A tough challenge, but one the RTP crew are excited to take on.

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