2019 has been a great year for me and I am blessed to have covered some interesting events. Here are just a few of my personal highlights from the year. You can read more on my blog.
SEARCH FOR LINDA RAZZELL
In February I broke the media coverage of the search for missing Highworth woman Linda Razzell. Linda went missing in 2002 and her body has never been found. Her husband Glyn Razzell was convicted of her murder as some blood was found in the boot of his car. A local tip off resulted in the police searching a specific area in the corner of Pentyland's Park. I was tipped off about this and extensively covered the search and supplied national broadcasters and a tabloid with footage. Read more here.
FULLY LICENSED DRONE PILOT
In March I completed my drone training and became fully licensed through the Civil Aviation Authority to film commercially from the air. I now provide both aerial video and images to both corporate and broadcast clients.
Read more here.
D-DAY COVERAGE FOR BBC BREAKFAST
In June I was privileged to film the weather bulletins for BBC Breakfast with weather legend Carol Kirkwood.
What made the day even more special was that it was filmed in the key logistical map room for the final planning of D-Day, Southwick House in Hampshire, and we were there 75 years to the day that the decision was made to call off D-Day due to bad weather. . Read more here.
LIVE FROM STONEHENGE
On 21st June I filmed the sunrise during the Summer Solstice from Stonehenge for BBC Points West with Pam Caulfield. This involved a 3am start and a live broadcast into the BBC Breakfast morning bulletins. This was the second time I had covered this special event. Read more.
DIDCOT TOWER DEMOLITION
August saw me put my drone to good use to cover the demolition of the last three cooling towers at Didcot. On the day I had no prior notice of the demolition time. I was given a time window of two hours. This meant I had to keep the drone up and recording for that whole period landing every 20 minutes to change batteries. Read the full report and watch the coverage here.
PC ANDREW HARPER MURDER
In August I covered the tragic murder of PC Andrew Harper on three occasions. Filming from the scene of his murder with James Ingham for BBC Breakfast, from Wallingford where the blue ribbon campaign started also for BBC Breakfast and the amazing ride of respect where more than 5,000 bikers drove through Oxfordshire to remember him. Read more here.
LIVE FOR BBC BREAKFAST FROM BLENHEIM PALACE
To round the year off I filmed another weather with Carol Kirkwood for BBC Breakfast. I provided my camera and jib and a Camera Assistant/Rigger. We had three main camera set ups on the large ground floor and each time the whole jib had to be de-rigged moved and rigged again, sometimes in only 15 minutes. Read more here.
I am looking forward to more exciting and diverse work in 2020. Thank you to all who have offered me work in 2019.
Happy New Year.
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