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A Lesson on Commentating…

Rob Nothman, Sports Broadcaster and Producer for over 25 years came to speak to the Journalism students of Coventry University.

The talk started with an introduction about commentating and about how it is an important part of radio. Rob told the audience that: “It’s about your audience.” And that audience is one of the most important things to think about when. It is vital that as a commentator, you think about who you are commentating for.

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Breakfast Show In Coventry – Brody Swain

According to the boring definition, he is a radio presenter at Touch FM. But for his fans he is the voice that wakes them up every morning at 6 am and charges them with positive energy for the day.  The third time guest at Coventry Conversations Brody Swain talks about his passion for the Sky Blue city and radio as a way of life.

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The ‘Buzz’ on CUToday- Sky News Special

This is a special ‘Buzz’ news-letter based on the Sky News Coventry Conversation, it has kindly been supplied by Editor: Amel Guettatfi. To read the information, click on the image to enlarge! Continue reading

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What’s On at Cov Uni?

Spring is upon us and whilst the weather doesn’t feel much like Spring, there is a lot in store to keep you entertained around the Uni as we move through the last term.

Starting with the Coventry Conversations:

Friday 4th May (1pm): The Herbert plays host to a special Coventry City Football Club event in which the fans have the chance to meet CCFC chief-executive after an unsuccessful 2011-2012 season in which Coventry are relegated.

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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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The 1987 F.A. Cup Final- More than a distant memory…

The year is 1987 and Coventry City Football Club are having a brilliant F.A. Cup run. They are beating teams left, right and centre. The team push through to the 1987 final where they encounter Tottenham Hotspur, who were also having a very good season. The big day comes, the 16th May 1987, the team make their way to the tunnel where they wait anxiously for their opponents to join them. As Tottenham make an appearance, the two teams walk out into the middle of England’s most prestigious football stadium, (Old) Wembley Stadium in front of 98,000 roaring fans. A thrilling game sees five goals being scored with a fantastic 3-2 win in extra-time to Coventry City…

Twenty five years on, Dave Bennett, former Coventry City player and scorer in the 1987 final, and David Pleat, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the 1987 final, came together at a Coventry Conversation to talk about the big game and how it is more than just a memory.

Dave Bennett began the talk by saying that he remembers the lead up to the final very well and of course the final itself. He still remembers what it was like to score at Wembley and also the famous cross over to Keith Houchen who scored a magnificent diving header which remains as one of the best goals at Wembley.

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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.

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