Editing live TV or radio is about knowing when and how to shut people up.

Here’s an extreme example from the Olympics basketball.

BBC commentator Mike Carlson gets cross after being clobbered on the head with a basketball by “some idiot”. Though he changes his tune in this longer version here when informed that it was most likely an accidental head doosh by a player. His interesting personal blog is here. Have a look. It’s not what you’d expect.

I don’t recommend this ball-to-head approach for every situation. I’m sure you have your own personal solution. (Feel free to share it.)

In order to keep to the spirit of my old journalism tutor, John “Tighter! Tighter!” Foscolo (he was talking about text, honest), I’ll stop now.

Except to recommend that you scroll down the right hand side of the page to where you’ll find the links to the other members of the Loose Bloggers Consortium. They’re also talking about editing today.



Filed under D - Loose Bloggers Consortium, media

8 responses to “Editing

  1. Switching on selective hearing, is my way to shut people up! Thankfully most of the people I meet are far too interesting and I become a sponge soaking in their every word.

  2. I assure you that guy has NEVER had his bell rung like an AMerican football headslap if that is his take on it – the headslap is mUCH worse – I’ve had my bell rung a number of times by a guy that spent several years in the NFL (*we were on the same team in college and childhood friends). But that’s a neat take on editing on the fly. So howzit with you and your editor in yoiur writing Paul???

  3. If the commentator had a “head for basketball,” he shoulda known the ball can land anywhere … goes with the territory.
    Blessings – Maxi

  4. rummuser

    A great example of editing of audio visual matter. I have had a basket ball rebound off a support post and hit me on the stomach which made me see stars all right. The basket ball is a bigger and heavier ball than a foot ball and can hurt bad.

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