Wednesday 25th May 2022
We were recently contacted by a remote BBC production team working in the Ukraine on a story aiming to convey the tragedy and destruction being caused from the invasion by Russia. A member of the BBC team, Clive Myrie, is a British journalist, newsreader and presenter who has more recently, since August 2021, been the host of the long-running BBC quiz show Mastermind. Clive has reported from more than 80 countries around the world and typically has been at the heart of many breaking stories, and this was no different.
They were commissioning a piece about one of Ukraine’s leading writers who is a volunteer on the front line as well as writing war poetry, and wanted to link him up with Simon Armitage, the English poet, playwright and novelist who was appointed Poet Laureate in 2019. He happened to be on holiday here in Guernsey and was requested to feature in the piece Clive Myrie and his team were aiming to produce. That’s when we were brought in to help.
We provided a multiple camera setup and rich 32-bit audio recording of this side of the discussion and poem recital, whilst they conducted the interview remotely from Ukraine. The supply of the high definition footage and 32-bit audio recording took place that day, enabling the prompt production of the story, which aired a few days later on national BBC News. David Mcllveen, Clive Myrie’s cameraman, shared the story on Twitter that featured on BBC news which you can watch on this page. Did we mention all this was co-ordinated in less than 24 hours? Have a digital video / marketing requirement – get in touch!
“Long after the tanks have rusted to powder & nature reclaims its fields, the poet’s words will live on..” In Kharkiv @serhiy_zhadan Nobel Prize for Literature nominee, tells us about his struggle to convey the tragedy of his homeland in words. With @CliveMyrieBBC @antonydore pic.twitter.com/s0G1TDu98P
— David McIlveen (@DeeMcIlveen) May 13, 2022