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Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today

Changes to BBC Parliament & Political Programming

I saw this repeated this morning for a few moments. Not sure if this usually happens on The Week in Parliament, but it appears that the presenter was green-screened onto a photo of the Politics Live set, and 'Saturday in Parliament' was just overlayed on the top in the corner, with no perspective effects applied to mask it into the screen.
Aspiring continuity announcer.
Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today

I’m A Celebrity.........2019

ITV are trying something unique with their trailers this year. They've found an excuse to wheel out the I'm A Celeb app early this year by 'helping Ant and Dec to get to Australia'. Currently, they're stuck the HMS Bushtucker in the middle of nowhere without a map. Viewers can vote in-app (for free) what they do in the next trailer in the run-up to the launch show until 12pm on Friday 26th.

Last edited by Capybara on 19 October 2019 12:25pm
Aspiring continuity announcer.
Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today

BBC News (UK) presentation - Reith launch onwards

They are Q Balls which do have optical zoom, watching the above link the picture quality looks fairly usual to me for the HoC, I think its just when its interspersed with HD shots it shows off just how bad it is.

Can’t the conservative government afford hd cameras or is it they think we don’t want to see the brexit debate in all its glory in HD?

I imagine that HD cameras are quite low down on the priority list for the Conservative Government at the moment.
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Richard gave kudos
Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today

ITV News

Is everyone getting these reports about the Red Arrows on the regional news?. I’m not sure the budget of one region would stretch to a series of reports from abroad.

It appears to do so in Granadaland - not too long ago we had a series of reports on what Brits in Granada (actual Granada) thought of Brexit.
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Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today

Duncan Newmarch being a genuinely nice guy

//Edit: I didn't know where to put this, so I put it here. Hope you don't mind.

I know Mr Newmarch has an account here, whether or not he still uses it just to browse I don't know.

(For context for users who don't know, I'm 13, so most likely the youngest member of the forum.)

In August, I contacted the Enquiries department of the BBC Careers department, asking which subjects would be good to take if I wanted to become a continuity announcer for the BBC.

I was genuinely excited when I saw that I had received an email back. It was from Adam Laughlin, who sent me a standard email about checking the BBC Careers website, which was rather disappointing.

Quote:
Hello Kai,

Thanks for taking the time to get in contact, it's great to hear from you.

It's fantastic to hear that you are interested in getting involved in broadcasting. It can be such a rewarding experience and you sound very passionate about it.

The best way to get information on any job opportunities within the BBC is to keep an eye on the BBC careers website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers

I hope this has helped and thanks again for getting in touch.

All the best!

Adam Laughlin

BBC Enquiries Team


I got back in touch explaining that I had followed the instructions in Mr Laughlin's reply, but to no avail. I asked if there was anybody within the Continuity department who could help me with my question.

After two weeks of no reply back from the BBC, I stopped checking my email (as I don't use it for anything else anyway).

However (and this is where I get genuinely ecstatic) I discovered today resetting a forgotten password that I had received an email back. The subject line: Continuity. The sender: Duncan Newmarch.

Before I even opened the email I nearly squealed the house down in delight, adding to the fact I was already rather happy somebody posted a good mock in the Gallery. Duncan is one of my biggest role models, and I've already seen his work in action not only seeing his announcements of course but also from multiple YouTube videos, such as this BBC News piece from 2009:



I opened the email to learn how nice a guy he was. Not only was he great at his job, but he was a great person too. He said this:

Quote:
Hi Kai



Thanks for your message, I’m pleased you’ve got in touch



When I was your age (before the internet was around), I used to wonder who all those people were! Things looked and sounded a bit different back then but I used to pretend being a continuity announcer… BBC of course!



I think the best thing I can say to you is… do your best at school and get the best grades you can, in the subjects that interest you. You never know what you’ll need for jobs you might go for the in future. As people decide to watch shows via Netflix/Amazon- there may not be so much need for announcers in the distant future. You don’t need specific grades to be an announcer but you may decide to go for other jobs (you usually need some kind of degree to work on BBC local radio).



Being a continuity announcer- the tone of your voice is naturally important. Ideally, if you’re on the telly or radio, the viewers/listeners should be able to hear what you’re saying. These days, the BBC purposely listen out for regional accents or voices that get away from the old announcer sound I used to enjoy.



With time and experience, you can bring in your own sense of humour. I still say that warmth is THE most important skill an announcer could have- would you want to meet up with him/her for a pizza?



I would strongly advise you to join your local hospital radio station- they look for volunteers to help present radio shows to the patients. It’s not paid but the skills you’d learn there are priceless. The ability to talk into a microphone, talk to a specific time, writing scripts and learning to cope when things go wrong around you. The other skill, which isn’t so easy to learn is the art of being creative, coming up with ideas etc. I can’t tell you how many episodes of Bargain Hunt I’ve introduced and you can’t keep using the same line day after day. Avoid any kind of forced delivery/radio voice, keep it natural if you can.



If you really love telly and the announcers, and it sounds like you do, keep your enthusiasm and when you think the time is right, make a short demo. My advice is to do something towards the beginning which will get people’s attention- not the same old boring thing everyone else would do.



Keep it short, make it sound like the channel you’re sending it to (I can’t tell you how many people have applied to the BBC, introducing programmes for Channel 4) and I’m sure you’ll get where you want to be… in time.



Just don’t steal my job.



All the best Kai, I hope this has been some help.



I can ask my bosses if you and a parent/guardian want to make a visit one day- to see what we do. We’re based in London though, White City.



Finally, here’s a fun radio show I made earlier this year. I grew up in the 80s, loving the radio when it was fun. https://soundcloud.com/user-813277564/duncans-stuck-in-the-80s-in-stereo



Duncan


What a nice guy. If your bosses allow, I hope to take you up on your White City offer soon.
Thanks, Duncan. You've really made my year (literally).
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Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today

Channel 4 News

I think the Leeds studio is very much secondary - maybe the brief lunchtime summaries and perhaps weekend bulletins will come from there.

I think weekend bulletins will probably stay in the main studio if that's the route they go down - because there's no regions you have to remember C4 still outputs 30 minutes on a weekend evening, as long as an ITV weekday bulletin.
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Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today

TV Forum

Good idea or bad? Current header vs the "Obit Header" which would last a few days (of course, this needs thinking through practically too, like where to put the header tabs, but it's just a quick and dirty idea)

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Josh and what gave kudos
Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today

Peter Sissons has died.

Incredibly sad news - never watched him on TV of course but have seen and heard many great things about him.

A short recap of Peter's career by The Telegraph:


and the announcement of his death on the BBC News Channel at 12:40 this lunchtime (uploaded by TV Newsroom)


as well as a tribute by Huw Edwards on today's Afternoon Live (again by TV Newsroom)


and this bizarre clip uploaded in 2010
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watchingtv and Josiah. gave kudos
Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today

ITV News launches news service for teenagers

I know who makes 'The Rundown' and I think it's a perfectly good format for Instagram and Snapchat.

I haven't seen The Rundown yet on Snapchat but I expect to see it there soon if it is popular enough on Instagram.

It’s been on snapchat since launch, definitely is there now

A search for 'The Rundown' an American celebrity/showbiz roundup by E! News, and searching ITV brings back a show by Cosmopolitan about Ex-Islanders.

EDIT: Just found it, but the bulletin is sent through a profile "itv.news" which seemed dodgy when the two reccomended underneath were "itv-news" and "itv-news-for-you".
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Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today

ITV News launches news service for teenagers

That being said, I am also a TVForumer and my IQ is about 122. Wink

You know you don't have to drop in a little nugget of personal information about you in everything you say. E.g.
Po6xyPop77 posted:
I have compulsive obsessive personality disorder, by the way

or
Po6xyPop77 posted:
I'm a teenager, but this has absolutely no appeal to me whatsoever.

or even
Po6xyPop77 posted:
In case it was not clear, my gender is FEmale.


Unless you're annoying or say something that's just wrong, we're not bothered who you are or what's wrong or right with you. Just take part in the conversation.
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Capybara87 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today

Good Morning Britain

How have GMB managed to keep the text number 67890 for all these years? Even after GMTV and Daybreak.


Why woudl it change? The same production team and set-up made GMTV, Daybreak and continue to make GMB.

I think his question was less "why haven't they changed it" and more "how have they managed to keep hold of it without somebody else trying to buy it".
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ittrgrey, DeMarkay and BBI45 gave kudos