Five News; End of an Era

As a freelancer I found myself working at Five News this week, although only for 10 shifts. This wasn’t a new potential employer where I could pick up more work along the way. And the reason for that was simple; the following week Five News would no longer be broadcast from Studio C by BSkyB.

Five News studio

It never occurred to me when I agreed to do the work how difficult it may be. It wasn’t difficult in the sense of my job, it was more a psychological challenge.

When a contract ends at one place and begins at another there is a sequence of events that take place. In most cases staff resign to take up the same job with the new company. The ones left behind get redundancy.

As much as the spirit of Five News seems dampened by the end of the Sky News broadcasting contract, there is still a sense of excitement for a new launch for ITN.

Unfortunately for me, I was working with those left to redundancy. And it was never going to be an easy few shifts.

Five News logo


BVE North 2011

It was a long drive to Manchester for this years BVE North expo. 205 miles to be exact. Taking place at the Manchester Central Arena, the expo is a gathering of products and services for broadcast, video and audio professionals.

For me, I was interested in three seminars;

  • How To Be A Successful Freelancer
  • Blackpool Tower 4D Case Study
  • Things A Studio Director Should Know

I was pleased I managed to attend. I learned a few things from the above seminars and I also managed to catch up with people I had heard of but never met. My first tweet of the morning was just to say I had arrived and realised that The Crewing Company were also in attendance. It wasn’t till the end of the day where we managed to meet up, but I am glad I did. Lovely people!