Over 3,000 items, from outside broadcasting trucks to cameras, lenses and hundreds of kilometres of cabling, are to be auctioned off following the collapse into administration of Arena TV.
With a combined estimate of around £7.5 million, the lots fill three hangars at Redhill Airfield in Surrey. Hickman Shearer, in partnership with CA Global Partners, will present them for sale live and online on behalf of administrators Kroll LL from 22-24 February. The Outside broadcast trucks and trailers are available for sale now.
The equipment has been used to cover global sporting events and UK TV shows for Sky, the BBC and ITV. These range from the Rugby World Cup, 2020 UEFA European Football Championship and Wimbledon tennis to Glastonbury, The Proms, The Voice and Arianna Grande’s Manchester Tribute Concert.
Highlights include high quality outside broadcast trucks and remote production facilities, sound desks, vision mixers, audio equipment from Riedel, Calrec, Black Magic, Genelec, Sennheiser, Wisycom, Sony and Apple, as well as dozens of camera channels and lenses.
The cabling on offer runs to hundreds of kilometres.
“This is a genuinely unique opportunity to purchase high quality and well-maintained equipment from the closure of a major UK business in the Outside Broadcast space,” says Dan Main, EMEA Director of CA Global Partners.
“Although the auctions will be held in the UK, the sale is already attracting a global audience of prospective buyers. We’re proud to be part of the process to redistribute this equipment back into the broadcast industry for future use at yet more memorable events.”
Tim Chapman, managing director of Hickman Shearer, said: “Prior to the cessation of trading Hickman Shearer had undertaken an asset verification exercise on behalf of one of Arean Television’s lenders. While attempting to verify several serial numbers with the equipment manufacturer, we were advised that no such serial numbers existed, which we reported to the lender.
“As a result of our findings, it appears as though the company quickly ceased trading. Given the assets were not sold as a trading entity, we will now sell them to maximise the realisations for creditors.”
For details of the sale, visit: arenatvsale.com