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Andrew Downs Andrew Downs | 16:23 UK Time, Wednesday, 17 March 2010

I've spent the best part of the last few weeks with director Paul Lucas making a series of short video profiles featuring Radio 3 presenters. Most of these we're publishing on the website this week.

To misquote Iain Burnside speaking in his video profile about presenting classical music: 'One of the things about making videos of radio presenters is that it's not all easy.'

One characteristic I soon encountered on this project is the reluctance of typical Radio 3 presenters to talk about themselves. Reasonably, one or two made the point that they had not gone into radio to be on video.

filming_01.jpgThe intimacy presenters can engineer on the radio between themselves and listeners is often a highly valued aspect of the job. The anecdotes and passion started to flow when I explained that this project would offer some insight for our audience into the human being behind the radio dial.

Each of us is a rag-bag of our history (most of it chaotic), aspects of which have catalysed our beliefs and passions and may have sent us on surprising trajectories through life. The Radio 3 presenters I worked with on these videos exhibit these facets richly. We challenged a handful of our station's talented yet unassuming presenters to share with us something personal. I hope with these videos we've done justice to their eloquent and spirited responses.

  • Andrew Downs is a Content Producer in the Radio 3 interactive team.
  • You can view the videos by clicking this link
  • The top image is a composite photo of the crew catching up on sleep on the late train home after shooting Tom Service's presenter video at Hartland Quay, Devon. Photo: Dave Tree
  • The lower image shows the crew filming with Sarah Mohr-Pietsch at Dartington Hall. Photo: Andrew Downs

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Many people will (I'm sure) find this very fascinating. And many won't. I sympathise entirely with the Radio 3 presenters who weren't that keen on talking about themselves. I'd rather they talked about the music - this is a view often stated and ignored tottally by BBC people who want to 'big up' personalities. This isn't Radio 2.

  • Comment number 2.

    I agree with #1. I don't want to know what the components of my car are like & what they do - I just want them to work properly.

  • Comment number 3.

    Wouldn't it be better, Andrew, if you got the remaining BBC Radio 3 Presenters to make a short video, not about themselves, but about the programmes they present?

  • Comment number 4.

    "I've spent the best part of the last few weeks with director Paul Lucas making a series of short video profiles featuring Radio 3 presenters. Most of these we're publishing on the website this week."

    Er, why?

 

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