Television Times They Are Achanging

Jan Leeming

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Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Date: 4th June 2012


They aren’t just a’changing, they have done so beyond all recognition.

In the old days when one went out filming, especially with an ITV team, there would be a cameraman and assistant, lighting man (sparks) and assistant, a PA and if you were very lucky – a make up girl (they were all female in the 70’s). In the old days there was definite ‘over crewing’ but today the situation is almost ridiculous in that many presenters not only present but do the camera work as well. Maybe the modern generation can’t see the joins but those of us who were fortunate enough to be working in TV in the good old days certainly see the difference and it is marked. (And why oh why do most presenters, correspondents, etc. continually wave their hands around like sails on a windmill.  I find it so distracting that there are certain presenters I simply cannot watch.  Many also put the stress on all the wrong words.  You show emphasis by a vocal stress not by hammering every 4th or 5th word.  Ok Ok I'm a GOW)

Ian Reed – Director of the Yorkshire Air Museum has many film crews visiting Elvington as he has an even larger collection of Aircraft than the RAF Museum at Hendon and I know is far more accommodating. Well he sent me this photo of a recent ITV ‘crew’ at the Museum in one of the hangars. As you can’t see their faces and I did get Ian’s permission, I simply had to show you this picture of an ITV team at work - the Presenter is pushing the wheelchair in which you have the cameraman. No he isn’t disabled, it’s a novel way of ‘tracking’ with a hand-held camera.

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