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What do BJs really think of VJs?

Posted in Broadcasting and Media by Adam Westbrook on October 19, 2008

Overheard sitting outside a Crown Court on Friday: a BBC regional TV reporter, an ITV regional TV reporter and their respective cameramen on Video Journalism:

“I would feel so unprofessional”

“Yeah it’s like student telly”

“And I wouldn’t be concentrating on my questions or answers, just worrying about whether I’ve pressed record”

“Yeah don’t you have to set your own white balance or something?”

“And it’s such a lonely existence…”

Even if any of these slightly dinosaur views have any merit, they’re more than outweighed by its flexibility, creativity and the power of its alternative narrative.

But still it shows that the people who are going to forge the way in VJing over the next 10 years aren’t the ones on TV at the moment!

And so it begins…

Posted in Broadcasting and Media by Adam Westbrook on September 29, 2008

Has it been 18 months since I wrote this?

‘….broadcasting on an analogue signal, all of the terrestrial channels have a certain public service remit. They’re all using large amounts of airwaves which belong to the public and in return they’re expected to provide us all with some news….

‘…But hark, on the horizon, the looming spectre of the digital switchover…and…a channel’s news remit will expire too.  Some channels – likely ITV and Five – may well say “screw news – why should I waste my money on that?”’

Last week of course we had the sad announcement ITV’s local output was becoming regional.

And today, ITV boss Michael Grade says “we risk loosing national news bulletins.

‘Grade voiced his concerns that national news might ultimately not be financially viable at a Royal Television Society London conference on Friday.

He said: “In a PSB world, you get guarantees in terms of privileges. In a non-PSB world you do things for as long as you [commercially] can.”‘

Well, news never was financially viable. I can’t believe that’s a surprise to Mr Grade.

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