Hibs have announced manager Nick Montgomery will wear a microphone in the dugout for the Edinburgh derby against rivals Hearts.
The pair will face off on Wednesday December 27th in the second Edinburgh derby of the season.
The club have revealed plans which also include the assistant wearing a bodycam, cameras in the Hibs dressing room and on pitch interviews.
The statement read: After months of work and planning with Hibs, Sky Sports will deliver new innovations in SPFL broadcast on Wednesday 27 December, 2023.
Head Coach Nick Montgomery will wear a microphone during the match, enabling fans watching at home to hear his specific coaching from the sidelines. He will also speak to the commentary team as the game goes on. Alongside this, Sergio Raimundo will wear a bodycam to give a first-person perspective of the team on the pitch from the dugout.
There will also be cameras in the Hibs dressing room pre-match, at half-time, and at full-time.
Supporters will also notice a difference with the matchday interviews with Nick Montgomery being interviewed in his office and a Hibs player during his match preparation inside the dressing room. At full-time there will also be on-pitch interviews.
The broadcast aims to capture the passion, drama and key moments of the derby, and follows Sky Sports’ EFL ‘Innovation Game’ last season, which included new behind- the-scenes access for the broadcast of the Wycombe vs Portsmouth match in League One.
Hearts have also agreed to a number of activations with Sky Sports for this fixture.
Coverage starts on Sky Sports Football at 7pm on Wednesday 27 December, 2023.
Gary Hughes, Director of Football Sky Sports said: “We strive to be at the forefront of innovation and continue to explore new ways we can allow fans to get closer to the action with our coverage. We are so pleased to have been able to work alongside Hibs, Hearts and the SPFL, with a joint ambition to tell the story of this hugely competitive derby to our audience in a new and exciting way.”
Neil Doncaster, Group Chief Executive of the SPFL, commented: “We’re really pleased to have been able to work with both clubs and Sky Sports to showcase their latest broadcasting innovations, helping put supporters right at the heart of the action in the Edinburgh Derby.
“It promises to be a cracking game and we’re excited to see how the technology brings the match experience even closer for viewing fans.”
Adam Tomlinson, Head of Communications at Hibernian FC, added: “It’s been magnificent to work with Sky Sports over the last few months as we aim to give supporters an extra insight into a Hibernian FC matchday and our coaching staff.
“As a club we pride ourselves on being pioneers in the Scottish game and we will reaffirm that through a number of broadcasting innovations on the 27th.”