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Jan 25, 2008, 10:19 AM
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Post date : Jan 25, 2008, 10:19 AM
Taxation's editor, Mike Truman, is no stranger to broadcast media.
Only today, he appeared on Radio 2 as a guest of Jeremy Vine, and I was reminded of the time I accompanied him (Mike, not Jeremy) to another on-air event.
At Channel 4's London HQ, while the boss was being interviewed, I experienced a couple of disappointing firsts:
  • My first green room was disappointingly lacking in hard liquor and tax groupies. (C'mon! They must exist!)
  • My first set of TV studio 'cans' (earphones) allowed me to pry on everyone's conversations - and yet not a single item of libellous gossip was heard about even the most minor celebrity.

More satisfying was watching the interviewer going through her repertoire of 'noddies' - those reaction shots that are cut into an interviewee's answers during the edit.
There were some wonderfully po-faced ones, and then some with a dramatically raised eyebrow followed by a couple with an ersatz smile.
Luckily, my microphone wasn't on, so no one was privy to my snort of laughter.
The following day, by wonderful coincidence, BBC arts executive Alan Yentob was in trouble for recording noddies for interviews he didn't conduct.
Seemingly, the man born Botney
didn't feel the need to hang around with figures 'peripheral' to his work.
They were deprived of a good giggle, let me tell you.

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