COT16 assembles a media “Dream Team”!

Plans for covering the 2016 Classic Outback Trial were finalised yesterday when we filled the remaining spot in our media team. Given it’s an Olympic year and we’re old enough to remember Barcelona, we reckon we’ve assembled our own “Dream Team” to bring you an amazing COT16 coverage!

Let’s meet the team and find out what’s planned…

Firstly, we’re thrilled to announce that COT16 will be covered for television.

With support from NT Major Events, Festivals NT and NT Tourism, we’ve put together a TV package that will include a 45 minute program for free-to-air on 7 Mate, and one hour programs for Foxtel and Sky International.

Tolley Challis and his team from Sports Action Media will use three camera crews to cover all aspect of the event. This is an exciting step up for COT16 and we’re lucky to have Tolley and his experienced team on board!

Our COT 2014 photographers are back – Ian Smith and Chris Brown. These two have a heap of experience – they started taking rally pics in the early 70s. And going by the fabulous shots from COT 2014, they’ve made the move to colour, daylight rallies and digital pretty well! We’ll publish a gallery of their pics online each day and their work will feature in the COT16 Book.

Chris Brown in action on COT 2014

Photographer Chris Brown in action on COT 2014. Clever use of the tree Chris! Ian Smith pic (had to be, didnt it!)

COT 2014 star reporter Alan Baker is back. This year Alan will be working with photojournalist Craig O’Brien and together they’ll cover day starts, day ends and service points to get the low down on what’s happening in your COT. These two will be busy producing daily reports, news releases and book content – as well as some of those fun video snippets that we all enjoyed so much last COT.

We’re very pleased to have Craig with us – he does wonderful work and he’ll bring a new ideas and youthful enthusiasm to the team.

Our COT Creative Director, Antony Bernadou, will be on deck in Alice Springs. Ant aims to put the COT16 book together each day, so by the end of the event it will be 90% complete. It’s a big challenge – but he’s the man for it. And, it will be good to have Ant with us for real – instead of via Skype to him at home in Canada.

Alan Baker interviewing Bob Watson at COT 2014.

Alan Baker interviewing Bob Watson at COT 2014. Geoff Hale operating the complex camera equipment.

The final part of our media “Dream Team” is you… don’t forget to hashtag your social media pics and posts with #COT16 so we can all see them! We’re planning on having the #COT16 tagboard on display at Lasseters – lets get your posts up there too.

So, there you have it.

During COT16 you’ll daily picture galleries and reports on our website, video clips on YouTube, as well as pics and updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  And, soon after COT16 you’ll be able to re-live the event through the COT16 book and on both free to air and pay TV.

A big thanks and a big COT welcome to our media team – really looking forward to seeing you all in Alice Springs!

As H G Nelson (almost) said, too much coverage is never enough!