This is what my opening to the New Year looked like…
This is the ‘run-down’; a list of what’s going to happen in the next hour of programming. The above image is the midnight hour from the 31st December 2011 going into the 1st January 2012.
Breaking it down, it meant we’d be on-air without the fancy spinning identifying logo like we’d normally do at the Top Of The Hour. There were several channels ‘opting in’, which means for example that the Sky1 channel took the exact output from Sky News for a certain duration, eg from 2359 till 0002, etc. The presenter would talk up to a certain time before letting the other channels opt in, then we’d announce that Big Ben was about to strike midnight. At that point all studio mics are taken off the air and the natural sound of the bongs and the crowds are turned up…
And from there on in, the Director watches all the feeds of the fireworks from various camera feeds around the UK and tells the Vision Mixer to put a Live locator for each one and jumps between them. For about 15 minutes till the fireworks finish.
And for the next 6 hours that I worked, we played an entire section of each firework display from around the world over and over again!
The “Mills X” and “Matthews X” aren’t kisses, by the way! They mean a live cross to talk to a reporter. In this case Rhiannon Mills was down the Embankment in London and James Matthews was on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.