Cameraman based in Edinburgh, employed by ITN, working for ITV's Good Morning Britain covering stories all over the UK and the world. War Zones, World Cups, Royal Tours and many other less exciting assignments, like interviewing current and ex Prime Ministers have kept me busy over the years working in Breakfast Television since GMTV came on the scene back in '93 and regional TV before that. In 2009 I began to record what it is like to work, the often strange and long hours needed to bring the hard news, human interest and fluffy fun to the UK's TV screens in the morning, mostly broadcasting live.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

The Dapper Gerry, Susan Boyle's Brother

Tuesday 2nd June 

Another night on my own bed. Yahoo!!

The rooftop camera position that STV have in Edinburgh must be one of the most beautiful television positions in the world.

Edinburgh Castle is a perfect backdrop, even more so when the morning summer sun is breaking through morning haze and bathing  it in it's warming light.

I took all my kit on to the roof and collected a bag of bit from the STV office. The rig was easy and I was up and running with full communication with the GMTV studio with no hassle.

Gerry 'The Gent' on Camera.

Gerry Boyle arrived looking very dapper in a stylish collarless shirt under a smart black blazer complete with a red handkerchief poking out of the breast pocket. His look was finished off with sharp grey trousers and very shinny patent leather shoes.

I think it would be fair to say he appeared to be the opposite of his now world famous sister Susan.

He was very jolly and relaxed as I got him wired up with a microphone and talkback.

We chatted briefly both before and after he did his little interview down the line with Kate Garraway.

He was telling me about his many business interests, some of them in the media. So that explained his familiarity with what was going on.

He seemed to me to be enjoying his little time in the glow of fame cast over him by his sister.

When he was walking into the building he was talking to some US network on his mobile. As soon as we came off air his phone rang.

It was CBS wanting to organise an interview with him.

The call did not last long. He’s a smooth operator. 

Gerry Boyle

He had only just hung up when someone from his office called to say that there had been more American media people trying to get a hold of him.

He said that yesterday it had been mad. He had been dealing with the media all day. 

What he was dealing with was only a fraction of what Susan was having to cope with. It was no wonder that she was feeling the strain.

Once he left I had the pleasure of doing a shot of the Castle to be used by Kirsty the weather presenter in the weather forecast.

On a day like today, or in fact any day Edinburgh is a really beautiful place to live and sometimes work. Well that is if you ignore the tram works that have currently turned the city centre into a nightmare to get around easily.

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