Friday 15th June
This morning we were back at the exact spot from which we had done our live broadcasts yesterday. It was gong to be a much busier day because not only did we have news and sports broadcasts to do we also had a couple of longer Daybreak programme broadcasts, one for the Lorraine programme plus a few live and tease shots throughout the programme.
I got started on doing my technical thing, getting my camera and sound kit all connected up, Rav and Tiffany got on their phones to co-ordinate with London about what was needed from us and also to make sure that as many of the planned guests were going to make it.
All the time that we have been in the Ukraine and when we were in Poland there was an appreciable satellite delay of anything from one and a half second up to a full three seconds.
Each day once all the vital things had been done and we were happy that London could see and hear us in acceptable quality and we could hear them the delay had to be taken into consideration.
|Talking to Doug the technical director to check the length of the satellite delay|
We did this so that the director could cue Tiffany slightly before the presenters finished what they were saying to avoid an awkward silence for a couple of seconds.
Things started to get a tad fraught when the digi-link that had worked perfectly yesterday would not work this morning.
It was time to break out the little black box and the directional antenna.
Rav had to split his producing duties with being like third spear carrier from the left by wielding the long pole that had the antenna on it
Rav with the directional antenna
There was a sense of relief when the Crusaders and Henry Winter the football writer for the Telegraph turned up.
Henry was as ever a great asset to the programme talking very knowledgeably about the England team in an accessible way with the right tone for our breakfast audience.
We were pleased to see the first of our guests arriving
|Rav leading Bernie in|
The crusaders although very tired, I don't think many of them had been asleep or sober for long last night, put up with our manic running around doing our little broadcasts and trying to get the technical thing to work as well as it could.
It's not easy getting up this early!
The kit in-between broadcasts
Breakfast for the guys in-between broadcasts
In he midst of changing cables, batteries, antennae and power boosters the little transducer on he end of the tube hanging out of my ear that allows me to hear the talkback got pulled out and pinged down a drain grating.
|Quick battery change|
Rav retrieved it for me using a long pole made of pens gaffer taped to gather and a blob of blue tac on the end.
Getting the transducer
Despite the frantic morning everything seemed to work.
|Getting the band in position|
During the morning a big guy with a soft Aberdonian accent came up to say hello.
He had been at home in the north east of Scotland watching the Daybreak programme with his wife when we had been doing our live broadcasts from Krakow.
He thought that it had looked like fun and the weather looked better than it was at home. So he said to his wife,"I'm going out there."
He had just arrived in Kiev after a sixteen hour journey via Moscow and came over to say hello.
We asked if he would be on the programme but he politely declined.
Shooting one of the broadcasts
|Shooting the last Daybreak live broadcast of the day|
Checking the script for the Lorraine pre-record
The group shot when it was all over
Back at the Stadium Media Centre in the afternoon I had a coffee and wondered about the fire hose box.
|Artistic coffee in the media centre..|
|..paid for with vouchers that have to be purchased first. Roughly 12 UAH to the pound|
I went to have another look and listen. Sure enough when I walked past there was a definite shutter sound.
|VIP building in the stadium|
|The stadium in Kiev|
|Loads of Swedish fans|