IMAGES: Calendar duo Christine and Duncan give a TV masterclass

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By Anna Riley, Images by Matthew Brannen

Calendar presenters Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot gave budding broadcasters at Leeds Trinity University a TV masterclass.

They demonstrated that talk back is essential on what they do in live TV, explaining that earpieces must be tucked in to avoid the viewer being able to see the equipment in their ears.

Duncan advises: “Telly is magic, nobody should know that people are talking to you.”

He added that you should not make it obvious that you are reading from the autocue.

Christine says that presenters should read their scripts in advance, but sometimes there is no time for this so “you have to cover that up.” Try to be prepared and know the story in advance.

She said: “Be well briefed, know what you need to do and have a plan if things fail.”

Calendar hosts hope to inspire the next generation of journalists to achieve their dreams

By Jack Goodman

Co-anchors of ITV’s Calendar for more than 13 years, Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood are returning speakers to Journalism Week – offering advice on news broadcasting and careers in journalism.

Duncan expressed how much they both enjoy being part of Journalism Week – and how they hoped to give students an insight into what they do at Calendar.

Their talk, on Friday 18 November at 10.45am, will be discussing their journeys to where they are now – and how both their career paths are rooted in strong journalistic backgrounds.

They will also be discussing their enthusiasm to embrace new practices in the industry, as well as the possibility of carrying out a ‘studio masterclass’ to talk students through the ‘dos and don’ts of television presenting’.


Duncan added: “There are many opportunities out there for young journalists in this ever changing digital world and hopefully we can play a small part in inspiring the talent of the future to achieve their dreams.”

Christine and Duncan have worked together since he joined the Calendar team in May 2003 – but both began their journalism careers in print before moving into broadcasting. [Read more…]

ITV foreign editor to return to his Leeds training ground

Michael Herrod

Michael Herrod

by Jay Unger As ITV celebrates their Royal Television Society award wins, foreign editor Michael Herrod prepares to handle pressure from a new breed of journalists.

ITV won several prizes last week, including the prestigious daily news programme and the news coverage international award for reporting on the unfolding story on Ukraine.

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