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.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

No Snow. Yet!

Monday 29th March

“Can you pick Jonathan Swain up from the airport?”, was the request from GMTV in London.

He was being sent up because the forecasters were predicting a bit of late snow, and it would be a heavy fall, even blizzard conditions.

Through the windscreen that was being doused with water I gazed at the grey skies and looked at the thermometer on the dashboard.

Yes the rain was heavy but with a temperature that fluctated between 4.5 and 5 degrees celcius I found it difficult to believe that it was going to snow.

When Jonathan arrived off his flight the rain had eased a little and the temperature had dropped the odd half degree or so.

On the way to his hotel we checked the forecast, spoke to the news desk and disccussed our options.

There was no way that it was going to snow any where near us.

The plan was that we would go to bed and if reports came in of snow we would get up and do some filming.

If we were not wakened by snow sightings we would go the the roof of the STV office to the camera position in the morning for live broadcasts.

I dropped Jonathan off at his hotel to enjoy a potentially short rest in his hotel bed and I went home to mine.

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