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.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Where have all the Scots gone?

Sunday 23rd August

It was going to be a day of domestic things.

Then the call came from Paul the programme organiser at GMTV.

Vox Pops from people in Scotland expressing their opinions on the release of the Lockerbie bomber and the recall of the Scottish Parliament to debate the subject.

As a true one man band, shooting pictures, recording the sound and asking the questions I went on the hunt for good Scottish voices.

If it had not been pouring with rain on a Sunday during the Edinburgh Festival it would have been a very easy job.

Even out in the rain there were losds of people wandering the streets of Edinburgh.

The slight problem was that hardly any of them were Scottish.

If I had wanted the opinions of Italians, French, German or even the English it would have been a doddle of a job.

I did manage to speak to quite a few locals and some not so local.

It did take a while to find them as I dodged the showers.

I was surprised to find that in my little straw poll the majority thought that the Scottish government had made a huge mistake and that Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohammed al Megrahi should have spent all his days in prison.

I would send the pictures to GMTV in London on the satellite feed in the morning before our live broadcasts from outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood in Edinburgh.

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