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Here are some behind the scene photos from inside last night’s ‘Spin Room’ at Sky News where Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were grilled as part of the “Battle for Number 10 programme”. It was my first time anywhere in the Sky campus and it is a pretty impressive setup. Our main political correspondent was Ben Wright and it was our job as a team inside the Spin Room to provide live’s and ENG material for News Channel, Radio, the Ten bulletin and for a BBC Breakfast package in the morning. I thought the event was going to be attended...
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Yesterday was the day the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton tied the knot with James Matthews in Englefield and the Royal attended event had the press coverage given to official Royal events with the world’s press turning up to try to get a glimpse of the wedding party which included, Harry, William, Kate and or course Princess Charlotte and Prince George. I was part of the BBC Team to cover the event and although I wasn’t shooting anything my job was purely to edit with Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell in the New dedicated edit vehicle LE3. Using a mixture...
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The Cross channel ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized minutes after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge on the 6th March 1987. The tragic events that night resulted in 193 passengers and crew losing their lives in what was the biggest peacetime maritime disaster since the Titanic. Commemorations were held this weekend in both the ports of Zeebrugge and its intended destination of Dover and I was tasked by ITV News to be their shoot edit to cover both events over two days. Working with Geraint Vincent and Fran Infante we attended the Sint – Donaaskerk H.Missen church service in...
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I had a wonderful experience earlier today filming the London Philharmonic Orchestra for ITV News with Producer Lucia Walker and Correspondent Sally Lockwood. The Orchestra were practicing ahead of two nights of performances at the Hammersmith Apollo playing songs from 20 years of Pokemon games. I was really looking forward to it being tonight’s ‘And Finally’ story on the News at Ten but unfortunately two breaking news stories this evening (an assassination and a terror attack) have meant that our story has been dropped and won’t be on the program. Working in news you get used to the odd let down...
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Last Wednesday I was tasked by BBC News to cover the final departure of the Royal Navy Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious from her home port of Portsmouth as she sets off for a scrapyard in Turkey. She has been sold for a measly 2 million pounds and will follow the fate of her two sister ships and be broken up for scrap metal. Here is a mixture of photos, screen grabs and our edited news piece from that day on the Dock wall. A sad but proud day for British Military history, but a big look forward to the new Carriers...
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I had a part in filming a VT for yesterday’s Victoria Derbyshire Show where they were highlighting the alarming instances of very nasty side effects from the use of Antidepressants. The ‘extreme’ side-effects of antidepressants was a piece that went out on the show to¬†highlight the suffering that some people are going through with these drugs. It also highlights the massive cost to the NHS and stresses that in some but not all cases the side effects can be pretty damaging. As part of the piece we interviewed Dr Sarah Jarvis who was clear to point out that despite the...
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Yesterday I was sent down by BBC News to the lovely town of Battle to cover a reenactment of the Battle of Hastings, commemorating the 950th Anniversary of that fateful day. I arrived at about 2pm to find that Tim and Duncan had organised a mock battle just for me to film for our piece and the action made up a major part of our edit. The guys taking part were great, their costumes were fantastic, their attention to detail is second to none and although very tired after their fourth run through (Just for me) they were all knackered...
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I can’t think of a single Cameraman or Camerawoman who isn’t an absolute Kit-Monster when it comes to gear, and I have to say that I am worse than nearly everyone I know. My addiction to kit stems from my days in the military and although I clearly need therapy its entirely a good thing especially when it comes to being 100 percent on the ball ready for every job. My wife will concur that it would seem like I have a bag and a pouch for everything (Our house is toppers with them) however, the other day I slipped...
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BBC’s Business Correspondent Kamal Ahmad reports from Blenheim Palace on the introduction of the new five pound note. This short VT was shot and edited by me in one afternoon on location for the Six o’clock News back in June 2016 at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney was there to present the new Plastic note to the press and was on hand afterwards to speak to the main broadcasters. After filming our interview with him and gathering all the other elements for the piece we had only an hour to structure, edit...
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The BBC’s Robert Hall reports on the strange visitings of busloads of tourists to the quiet Oxfordshire Village of Kidlington. This story was initially reported on local news and the national press got wind of it and the Newsroom sent us both down to see what all the fuss was about… It was rumoured that a local tour company were telling Japanese and Chinese tourists that Part of the Harry Potter films were filmed here and were taking them as part of a bigger tour. No tourists were on patrol that day but with excellent testimonies from local residents the...
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Another short VT from my Archive is this fun shoot with Mike Bushell from BBC Breakfast. Shot in an afternoon with Western Riding Trainer Bob Mayhew, this piece was edited by Breakfast and featured on a Saturday morning. Great fun shooting this although I really wanted to give the riding a go too! Not only is it great to see my own footage on the TV it’s also brilliant to see it on the BBC Website where it stays for a long time for people to see.
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The BBC's Defense Correspondent Jonathan Beale reports from Estonia about Nato Exercises on the North East flank of the alliance's borders with Russia. This report was shot by me with Jonathan in June and we edited using FCPX back in the UK for it to go out ahead of the Nato Summit in Warsaw in July 2016.
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