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Behind-the-scenes: The Andrew Marr Show

With about 2 million viewers each week the Andrew Marr Show is certainly in the top of Britain’s politics programmes. The following is a collection of personal tweets from this morning’s show, when I had the amazing opportunity of watching all the action behind-the-scenes.

Written by Teodora Beleaga

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Sport Behind The Scenes – Duncan Jones

How do you make an interesting football programme? It is not an easy question but it seems that Duncan Jones, BBC’s Late Kick Off producer, has found a recipe. Last Thursday he offered the audience of Coventry Conversations the story of his career in BBC some months before he leaves it.

Everything For The Audience

“BBC and sports journalism have been very good to me. But I wanted to do something closer to the audience and interact with them.”  said Duncan.

Written by Galya Dimitrova, First Year 

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Let Me Entertain You!

“My heart is in entertainment”, said Mark Linsey, controller in the BBC entertainment commissioning.  This is his fifth year in the department and it seems he is living his dream – to work in the entertainment.

It’s all about ideas

Mark describes a large part of his business as “returning business”. Shared viewing is essential when it comes to diverting kind of shows. And in the very core of success in that area is the good idea – something fresh and attention drawing on Saturday night, when people stay home and watch TV. As Mark pointed out, it is “always a good destination of shows”.

“Most of our output is in the prime time, so it is really competitive”, he added, “We are looking for something that screams for attention.”

Written By Galya Dimitrova, First year

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Colin Grant Author of I & I: The Natural Mystics

The most recent Media Coventry Conversation had Colin Grant, author and BBC Radio Producer, speaking about his new book; I&I: The Natural Mystics.

In his latest book, Colin Grant, a BBC world service producer, writes of Bob Marley and his Trench Town R&B crooner friends Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer and their group The Waliers.

With an empathetic and understanding perspective of what it is like to evolve from the music scene in Jamaica, I & I: The Natural Mystics sets the scene for the eventual solo performer, Bob Marley.

Written by Amel Guettatfi- First Year Journalist

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The Changing world of Media and the BBC- David Hayward

There is a changing face of Journalism and the BBC has to keep up with it. This appeared to be one of David’s main points at his recent talk at Coventry University. David Hayward runs the BBC College of Journalism’s (CoJo) Journalism Programme, which includes a number of events, discussions, debates and master classes. He spoke in a Coventry Conversation about what the College of Journalism do and how the BBC is trying to keep up with new media.

He began the talk by describing how there is a changing face of Journalism and then asked the question as to what sort of journalist will succeed in the future. Is it the new age journalist who is multi – skilled and can use multi – platform or is it the traditional journalist which David referred to as the: “Old school hack.” It is a battle of technology versus a nose for a story. David then answered his question saying that he thinks the truth lies somewhere in between. We can’t abandon traditional journalist but we must keep up with the new age of journalism.

Justifying the idea of traditional journalism, David said: “The most important skill a journalist can have is being able to find a story that people don’t know about, being able to verify that story and then being able to tell that story to an audience.” This all sounds like something that could be done without new media and indeed it is but that doesn’t mean new media is pointless.

Written by Alex Maidment

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Frontline: A Year of Journalism and Conflict

Nine Coventry University students from different stages in their studying journalism and media went to a trip to London on Tuesday, 17th January, to visit a Sky News exhibition and the main newsroom of the BBC Television centre.

The exhibition on the Arab Spring and how Sky News broadcast the shocking events in the Middle East took place in the Embankment Galleries of Somerset House. Large images on the walls, notes under them and a variety of filmed material told the story of the uprising in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria. An approximately 8-minute documentary captured the story of Gaddafi and his last days. News reports from those thrilling days showed the fear, the torture, the protests, the battles, the joy and everything the Arab World went through in 2011.

Other documentaries contained the stories of reporters who were in the hot spots. The most impressive among them was the story of Alex Crowford who was trapped with her team for three days in Tripoli during the rebels there in August last year. She told that although she and her team did not talk about the possibility of death those days, everyone was actually thinking “I am not going to get alive out of here!”

Written by Galya Dimitrova.

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Producing BBC Comedy – Jon Plowman

“Comedy, I think, is the most difficult bit of telly to do.” Is what Jon Plowman, BBC Comedy Producer, said during his Coventry Conversation. Jon is well-known for his producing role on ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ and many other BBC comedy programs and has been working in Television for over thirty years.

The talk began with Jon describing the ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Christmas episode which had an audience of just over seven million on Christmas Day night. Just a few days later, the views had gone up to twelve million through the use of the BBC iPlayer making it one of the biggest increases in viewings over such a short time period.

Before producing the recent ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ episodes, Jon hadn’t worked on the program as a producer for around eight or nine years. He said that it is a notorious show and that he used to moan because Jennifer Saunders, who stars in the show, used to write the scripts late on.

Written by Alex Maidment.

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