haha it's true tho, why on earth would you seek old media people to do such a colloquial and fun job. prob explains why most of them are like if that old beepy thing on grandscreen could form sentences.
interview is friday...i'm fucked with a chest infection but it might be breaking a bit hopefully, i haven't been able to think about it much cos of that but now that it's easing feeling quite confident. actually heard today got an interview with the guardian as well (just to ensure i've slagged off every potential employer here) in a few weeks, but it's not a sport related role.
― I see what this is (Local Garda), Wednesday, 3 November 2010 21:20 (eight years ago) link
well good luck!
there is a thread for slagging the guardian off more generally on ILE if that would be useful?
― caek, Wednesday, 3 November 2010 21:22 (eight years ago) link
yeah i'm there plenty, i'm scared they'll ask if i use comment is free, i might delete my account beforehand so they don't see me making endless juvenile remarks about articles...
― I see what this is (Local Garda), Wednesday, 3 November 2010 21:24 (eight years ago) link
actually thinking about the updates thing...it's probably as slow it as it is because the first guy writes it, the second guy checks it, he then sends a copy to the bbc lawyers who forward it to text rights, then it is filtered through the bip system and must be signed off manually by tvc security.
― I see what this is (Local Garda), Wednesday, 3 November 2010 21:27 (eight years ago) link
the headline for this on the main page "managerial greats, are they a dying breed."
real clever there.
― I see what this is (Local Garda), Wednesday, 3 November 2010 22:29 (eight years ago) link
lawro out of his comfort zone. not actually as funny as it could have been (since everyone funny has been fired) but still funny seeing lawro in this mode...
― I see what this is (Local Garda), Friday, 5 November 2010 15:18 (eight years ago) link
how'd it go ronan?
― gazza bale flame (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 6 November 2010 07:38 (eight years ago) link
Yo sam thanks for asking, i posted a tiny bit of this on ile, it went largely well but was really weird.
I expected a full on interrogation type deal like you'd get in BBC but it was really informal and nice. Made me worry they'd already given the job away except they spent ages talking about what it's like to work there etc. Loads of it was them selling/reassuring me about the job.
Then I had to do a subbing test in the middle with a sports news script and I cut it down a lot and removed all the kerrazy mistakes. There was one about cricket tho where I knew it was a mistake but didn't know the exact right year.
I mean overall it went great in that I was well able to answer everything they asked. I guess personally I'd rather if they'd been harsher as I'd have had more chance to show my skills. I guess maybe they are happier to take your cv at face value than the beeb.
They did show me around the office too at the end. I guess the relaxed feel either means they've already decided I can do the job or as I said, already given it away!
There's two jobs going, one permanent and one freelance. Permanent would be pretty amazing and would avoid what happened to me at BBC ever happening again.
― I see what this is (Local Garda), Saturday, 6 November 2010 09:16 (eight years ago) link
I've noticed there's a kind of MOTD hierarchy of importance - Chelsea, Man U and Arsenal all get lengthy, above-the-fold treatment; the stage is set with a narrative introduction beforehand and highlights are followed by video playback and analysis. Then a fourth club gets a half-hearted version of this. Then you get an absolutely peremptory, moronic intro to the next match ("X have won two in a row..... while Y are unbeaten at home this year!" FFS); the remaining matches are shown with no intro, no analysis, only goals or shots on goal.
Is it just because I is American, or does it strike anyone else as strange that the pan-UK BBC dedicates the lion's share of each MOTD to the same three or four teams every single show? Would it be heresy to suggest trimming the top four condensed games by a minute or so each, so as to offer better highlights from ALL the games and a bit more analysis of them? Sure, Wigan's not a big-market team but it's a show about the Premier League - they need to be in there properly surely!
― progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 November 2010 11:04 (eight years ago) link
dude you've forgotten basic capitalism 101
― acoleuthic, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:06 (eight years ago) link
it's the BBC! they don't have the same pressures! there are LEAGUE games (in the following five-hour League show) that get more attention than many Premier League games
― progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 November 2010 11:16 (eight years ago) link
It's funny, but I never used to notice the hierarchy until a couple of years back when somebody made a big thing of their team always being on last. Now any suspense the show had is totally ruined for me - if Chelsea-Fulham is on before Man Utd-Everton it's obvious Chelsea must've had a shock defeat. At least if Blackburn-Wolves is up first it gives due notice that there must've been a death, so you can look away if squeamish.
― Ismael Klata, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:17 (eight years ago) link
it's at least 7 and a half hours long
― acoleuthic, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:17 (eight years ago) link
also lol klata
― acoleuthic, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:18 (eight years ago) link
the consequence of MOTD's top-heaviness is that when any of the Big Clubs play any of the other clubs (which is all the time) there's no narrative there. Lineker and others need to tell the story of the smaller clubs, build a narrative beyond "beset by injuries of late" or "best start to the season since 2001". in any given game there are at least 24 stories to be told.
― progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 November 2010 11:19 (eight years ago) link
the football league show is even worse btw - they tend to give 20 minutes to a big championship game, 15 minutes to a big league one game, 20 minutes to claridge, manish + lizzie doing their vapid thing, and about 30 seconds to every other game
― acoleuthic, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:21 (eight years ago) link
here's an idea: every game gets 3 good minutes, there is no presenter
― acoleuthic, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:22 (eight years ago) link
in fact, slate ITV all you like but this ^^^ was kinda how they did the football league in the late 90s/early 00s
― acoleuthic, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:23 (eight years ago) link
My favorite thing about the League show is Manish's tight black trousers and his incredibly awkward "just standing around" pose
― progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 November 2010 11:27 (eight years ago) link
Also the inexplicable WALKS he takes down the motel corridors that line the upper section of whatever airplane hangar they're in. "Oh hello..." I half expect him to be zipping up his tight black trousers at the beginning of the shot. "Excuse me! Just popped in for a quickie"
― progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 November 2010 11:30 (eight years ago) link
I still haven't forgiven him for his presentation of the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Yeah he's improved as a broadcaster since then but he's still a mudskipper clambering out of the marsh on the sports correspondent evolutionary chain.
― acoleuthic, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:32 (eight years ago) link
When he, Lizzie and Steve converge at the end it is like they are waiting forthe cameras to stop rolling so that they can produce a young fowl from the folds of Steve's undergarments and sacrifice it to the director general
― acoleuthic, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:33 (eight years ago) link
That you made it to the end.
― progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 November 2010 11:41 (eight years ago) link
league two is always reliable for batshit 9-goal thrillers
― acoleuthic, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:43 (eight years ago) link
Had the misfortune to listen to Saturday's 606 podcast during my run this morning. Simon Jordan, what a fucking wind-up merchant scab knob end.
Had to skip to something else after 15 minutes. He was worse than Savage.
― James Mitchell, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:47 (eight years ago) link
Martin Samuel tackling the same issue this morning:
It would appear this show exists to remind us of the genius of Danny Baker, because 18 minutes of his programme which ran for a year until October 1992 and sparkled with wit, irreverence and, on occasions, righteous anger, was worth 18 years of the sorry whinge fest that has followed in its name
― Ismael Klata, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:50 (eight years ago) link
Heh. I thought someone refused to cross a picket line but I guess he was on because Savage had an evening game.
― James Mitchell, Monday, 8 November 2010 11:58 (eight years ago) link
I actually think MOTD2 has been pretty good at doing this for a while, going round one club per week, talking to the fans in the buildup to the game and so forth. It works pretty well with yer Blackpools and West Broms and the like. The problems come when you try and say something exciting about yr perennial midtable cloggers, I can't honestly think of many interesting ways to cover Blackburn or Wigan at this stage.
― Matt DC, Monday, 8 November 2010 13:41 (eight years ago) link
maybe focus on the promising players at those clubs? who with luck won't have to be playing for them much longer
― Adrian Roosevelt "Adie" Mike (nakhchivan), Monday, 8 November 2010 13:48 (eight years ago) link
Maybe I should actually watch MOTD2 some time!
― progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 November 2010 14:43 (eight years ago) link
Good to hear it Ronan and gl on getting it. Always hope to see ilf break into the system.
I personally don't see a problem with their being a hierarchy of making the most interesting games go first on motd. Tracer you will find it turn itself on its head come Feb when the relegation battle often makes as good a show as Chelsea storming to victory. Team X is currently at the stage of boring as shit 0 - 0 draws every week and their fans don't even turn up to pretend to care, wanting to put them ahead of actual entertainment or a story is crazy.
Of course it doesn't help that there are received notions on certain teams. Wigan spring to mind. The reality is they actually have many exciting, discussion worthy matches and if the past 5 years are anything to go by, could be working towards getting the exciting players the top teams teams want. This can and should be worked on. But until they fire the shitty panel and hire people who understand narrative as opposed to football cliches that drive you mad I don't see a chance of them sorting this.
― hoy orbison (a hoy hoy), Monday, 8 November 2010 14:55 (eight years ago) link
far, far better show
― cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Monday, 8 November 2010 14:56 (eight years ago) link
On the other hand, I got good laughs out of the tactic backfiring on the League Cup show the night of the Liverpool-Northampton debacle - which they obviously had to lead with, but having already decided the show's narrative* hadn't bothered to send a commentator along to Anfield.
― Ismael Klata, Monday, 8 November 2010 15:03 (eight years ago) link
Wigan spring to mind. The reality is they actually have many exciting, discussion worthy matches and if the past 5 years are anything to go by, could be working towards getting the exciting players the top teams teams want. This can and should be worked on.
In the past, yeah, right now I'm not seeing much quality there, with the possible exception of Rodallega. West Brom seem to have taken up the mantle of New Wigan.
― Matt DC, Monday, 8 November 2010 15:11 (eight years ago) link
re: the online side of things the BBC's club pages are abysmal:
i.e. under the banner of "Latest video, audio and stories" is an embedded video of Mark Hughes talking about a reffing decision. it's been there for three weeks. there have been two matches since then! it's obvious that no one gives a shit about these pages. it's no one's job to look at them.
― progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 November 2010 15:25 (eight years ago) link
ok i just watched the As It Stands table change to reflect Bolton's late goal - not sure how many seconds between the goal and that change. at least ten seconds after the table change the actual scoreline above it changes and then you get a minute or more before the text update.
― Noel 1 Silence 0 (blueski), Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:40 (eight years ago) link
as problems with bbc coverage go, I'd be inclined to let that one slide
― Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 22:48 (eight years ago) link
as far as the main motd organ goes hansen & dixon is an good enough combination i think - dixon able to appease the boy's club but still be enthusiastic (even perceptive) at the same time. i've been morbidly amused by lawro's nihilism over the years but it's hard not to see him as a key tumour these days. time to shunt him off to 5 live.
― r|t|c, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 23:02 (eight years ago) link
xp it was more of a 'this is interesting' observation about the process than an official complaint tbh
― Noel 1 Silence 0 (blueski), Thursday, 11 November 2010 00:03 (eight years ago) link
So MOTD showed the dirty filthy foreign Cesc tackle but not the one by England's Brave Karl Henry?
― James Mitchell, Thursday, 11 November 2010 09:41 (eight years ago) link
not exactly new for motd there.
― hoy orbison (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 11 November 2010 09:56 (eight years ago) link
"David Cameron's Premier League predictions"
just fucking fuck off
― modrić in paradise (blueski), Saturday, 4 December 2010 15:15 (eight years ago) link
― Goths in Home & Away in my lifetime (darraghmac), Saturday, 4 December 2010 15:35 (eight years ago) link
http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/50332000/jpg/_50332851_koscielny.jpgKoscielny suffered a head injury during the Fulham match on Saturday
― purblind snowcock splattered (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 7 December 2010 15:44 (eight years ago) link
It occurred to me that I really want to see Savage and Shearer on a panel together. The mutual loathing could make for extraordinary viewing.
― Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 7 December 2010 15:56 (eight years ago) link
They'd be depressingly chummy. The forced nature of it all, them putting on their mummy's best for the Beeb, would make it more nauseating yet.
― best poster with ten-letter single-word username (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 7 December 2010 15:58 (eight years ago) link
not a big deal but on MOTD Hansen was narrating Nasri's first goal and said "see you later!" for each time Nasri passed a player. Lineker picked up on this and tried to make it a meme, even ending the show with the same line. It just seemed a really pointless forced way to try and generate levity.
― modrić in paradise (blueski), Tuesday, 7 December 2010 16:20 (eight years ago) link
I think they'd totally wind each other up xp. Savage is *desperate* to make a name for himself and has a somewhat inappropriate matiness on-camera. Shearer can't handle any challenge or interaction beyond cliche, but was actually a good player and had his media career handed to him on a plate. A skilled winder-upper presiding and it could be sweet.
― Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 7 December 2010 16:34 (eight years ago) link
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― irish xmas caek, get that marzipan inta ya (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:42 (eight years ago) link
― Rockcrit from the Tuoms (nakhchivan), Thursday, 30 December 2010 16:13 (eight years ago) link