Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Edited out

This was a bit of a laugh. A Channel 7 tv reporter boarded the train I was travelling on and filmed a piece to camera about extending the time of train  arrivals to the city from whatever time the free train trip begins.It was a nonsense piece of reporting, a filler.

He is a nice enough looking guy and he engaged really well with people on the train. He had not studied the script the night before and was memorising from his phone screen.

Take 1, he said 6:13 instead of 6:30.

Take 2, he totally just screwed it up.

Take 3, he brought the house down when he got it all absolutely correct until he said, 'for your drive home' when he should have said your train trip home.

The cameraperson/sound recordist then exploded with some unkind words including some eff words. This is your last take or we are going to fucking well end up in some outer suburb. Given we were in the city on our way from Spencer Street to Flinders Street, that was unlikely. He then got it word perfect and I saw it on air as was recorded.

The back of my head would have been seen in the first take. I am always edited out of anything important. Such is life.

Channel 7 Melbourne tv reporter Paul Dowsley.





35 comments:

  1. What a hoot. And I pity the reporter having his glitches on full display.

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    1. EC, he seemed as amused by it as the train passengers. It was almost like a stage performance.

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  2. Andrew, I guess the errors are all down to nerves, or as you said he may not have rehearsed and memorized the facts.

    Our own outside tv reporters are a right strange ol' lot. I don't know where they get them from. The BBC seems to go out of their way with their political correctness agenda by presenting to us the least attractive people to report on stories. The kind you used to avoid in the School playground. I wonder what makes them even want to take up a career like that.

    A couple of years ago the BBC flew out a 'Blind' reporter at great cost to Washington to show us how bad the snow storm was in the U.S Capital, something he couldn't even see himself. This is classic BBC.

    Ever noticed how U.S. male outside tv reporters look more presentable. Some of them look quite bullish with big shoulders... like they're all ex sports stars.

    Oh and Channel 4 main evening News was recently fronted by a muslim woman wearing a hijab. Something you and I both don't like. Wish they'd keep religion out of such things.

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    1. Dee, I am pretty sure he was just learning as he went. There wasn't any indication of nerves. People's looks should not make a huge difference to their reporting skills, but reporters do need that something extra. I can see a role for a blind reporter, but perhaps not something so visual. Yes, US reporters are usually attractive, but I think it is more about grooming. No hijabs at the news desk here, yet.

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  3. Well that brightened up your day. I've been interviewed a couple of times on TV when i coached cricket. What a mess i made of it. This very nice presenter asked me how i had got there (talking about reaching the final of the competition). I answered with a long winded reply about having to bring the team by train and bus. What a wally i felt when he explained the question. Fortunately that bit was edited out!!!!

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    1. Hehe Maria. That is a laugh. Stage nerves hey. It's all in the editing.

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  4. Oh god ... if I did his job ... I would be like that!

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    1. Lady J, I would probably just stand there, mute.

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  5. I would have really screwed things up for sure. (lol) Glad he was able to pull it together, but we all make mistakes sometimes. Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, yes, even I have been known to make a mistake, but of course it is rare.

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  6. That is so funny! And darn it, we would have loved to have seen the back of your head;)

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    1. Sandra, and a very fine back of the head I have too, just made for the camera lens.

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  7. Gee if I had to go live broadcast and I'm sure I would of stamper my way though it.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I might not even be able to speak.

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  8. Poor blokes...shit happens...and it's happened to every one of us...and will happen again. :)

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    1. Lee, just a matter of taking it in your stride.

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  9. Many years ago I did a regular spot on TV, right before the 7pm news called "Snapshot" which was a roundup of events happening in NSW (every state had their own version). It used to take hours to do! "Can you do it again? There was a truck in the background. Can you do it again? There was a flash of light". Radio is so much simpler!

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    1. Strange James, I cannot even remember Snapshot. Yes, I can imagine television is much more time consuming, although now it only needs the reporter and someone with a light sound recording camera. I don't know how many radio programmes have sound engineers, but I expect it is quite a skilled task. Good that they are thanked on RN, but in spite of their work, it is disappointing when a poor quality Skype line is used for an interview.

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    2. Somewhere I have a video tape. I must find it and digitise them.

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  10. LOL @ missing the back of your noggin!

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    1. Jayne, perhaps it is as well. My hair is a little thin on top.

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  11. Well that would have been rather funny if I had seen them doing that new item..

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    1. Margaret, it was funny and kind of made my day.

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  12. Rather exciting for you to see that :)

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    1. River, yes it was. Right place at the right time.

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  13. I can't believe that's true Andrew, you edited out.. never!

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    1. Grace, they know not what they do.

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  14. This was very important news and I'm sorry the back of your head was edited out. That is soooo unfair. But glad the guy finally got it right so his camera guy didn't kill him on the way home.

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    1. Strayer, I think it was just a bit of banter in public for effect.

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  15. Rolling Garage Doors video was a classic. Much Appreciated

    Cheers

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  16. I once had to do an interview and was super nervous. The journalist was very reassuring and I said what I needed to and felt good about the interview. The journalist didn't feel too good about his performance though. He said something that was factually incorrect. No matter. It was seamlessly edited out.

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    1. Ad Rad, unlike many errors by reporters that don't get edited out.

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