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ITV News voiceover (December 2019)

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One amusing anecdote about James Faulkner's initial recording session in 2009: he said Charlene (White) with a hard "ch" sound rather than "sh". Somehow this slipped by the technical crew and was only picked up once work had begun on chopping up the recording session into individual clips for TX. James had visited ITN in person (much like Andrew Burt) so it was too late to get him back to record it again and, if memory serves, Charlene was the Morning News presenter on the day of the rebrand. So, one of the Sound Mixers cut the "sh" off (Chris) Ship and edited it onto Charlene's VO. Nobody was any the wiser and that version was actually never replaced! With the VO always being mixed with music, the edit wasn't noticeable.

Was Chris Ship presenting that long ago then. Thought he was quite a recent addition to the news casting roster.

I'm sure he debuted as a presenter quite a few years ago now but then stopped for a while until recently. In any case, they have always tended to record dozens of names for anyone they can think of when the voice over artist is in for a recording session. Back in the mid-90s (during the "from the studios of ITN" era) there was a Burt voice over for quite a few regional presenters like Mary Nightingale, Hannah O'Sullivan, Saxon Baines etc. Most of those were probably never heard on TV. And in 1992 they had v/o's prepared for both Jon Snow and Zeinab Badawi, neither of whom were likely to present the Early Evening News!
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One amusing anecdote about James Faulkner's initial recording session in 2009: he said Charlene (White) with a hard "ch" sound rather than "sh". Somehow this slipped by the technical crew and was only picked up once work had begun on chopping up the recording session into individual clips for TX. James had visited ITN in person (much like Andrew Burt) so it was too late to get him back to record it again and, if memory serves, Charlene was the Morning News presenter on the day of the rebrand. So, one of the Sound Mixers cut the "sh" off (Chris) Ship and edited it onto Charlene's VO. Nobody was any the wiser and that version was actually never replaced! With the VO always being mixed with music, the edit wasn't noticeable.


This little tale amused me so I decided to look it up and now you mention it, you can tell where they've spliced the two audio files together! Somewhat impressive that no-one on here noticed in all that time...! (from approx. 20s in the below)

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Whats the best text to speech website to create a similar sounding voiceover?

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