Four times winner of the Royal TV Society Journalist of the Year award, Alex Crawford visited Coventry in a Special edition of Coventry Conversations to discuss her story in Libya. Formally based in Sky’s Dubai bureau, Alex has reported on the Gulf and the MIddle East, most recently covering the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya.
Alex’s name became a household one when was the first reporter to broadcast live from Green Square as rebel forces took over Tripoli. Arriving in the capital on the back of a pickup truck with a rebel convoy, Alex’s reports were broadcasted to the world vie manually operated satellite signal and a camera plugged into a cigarette lighter charger.
Written by Tsvetomir Valchev, Second Year Journalist
Sir Peter Bazalgette, a media consultant in television and digital entertainment, could not come to Coventry University last Thursday but he remained faithful to the Coventry Conversations audience and talked about his life and work via Skype.
Always A Move Ahead
“You’ve got to look forward. You can’t keep doing the same thing”, says Sir Peter. Perhaps this helped him to become who he is now – the inventor of a several shows with international success such as “Ready Steady Cook” and “Changing Rooms” and Chief Creative Officer of the leading Dutch TV producer Endemol for the period of 2004-2007.
It is curious how the person who was once interested and involved in student politics and a degree in Law from Cambridge University is now known as the one who brought Big Brother to UK and is a non-executive chairman of two of Sony’s television divisions in the country.
Written By Galya Dimitrova, First Year
John Mair spent the weekend in Guyana to report on Test Match cricket, and reveal the scale of equipment and people needed to televise such a worldwide event. He reports:
I have been watching the first cricket Test Match between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence on the East Bank of the Demerara River. Much of this was from the Press box, but some with a unique inside view. In my opinion the best view you get of this match, or most modern sporting events, is on the TV so I thought I should go to source and see the Television folk in operation on the ground floor of the Media Centre.
Writes John Mair…
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