Mike Stranks wrote:Nor mine... Back in the early 70's the News crews for 'Points West' had four people: reporter, cameraman/director, soundman, lightsman.
These days more often than not for BBC local news the reporter does it all...
Yep... or sometimes the reporter works with a single camera operator who also does the sound and lighting (although lighting is rare these days, partly because the cameras are more capable of coping with different lighting conditions).
In the mid-90s I was asked to deliver a series of training courses at Granada TV in Manchester who wanted to reduce their news crews from three to two for cost reasons (obviously). But the lighting union was much stronger than the sound union, and so the existing soundies got the heave ho, and I had to retrain a bunch of recalcitrant lighting riggers in the complexities and subtleties of sound... can you imagine what fun that was? ...or how successful the results were?