CHIRP ON THE ROAD
16 September 2017
Here’s a nice outdoor location for CHIRP, the confidential reporting system for ships and seafarers – the Port of Southampton. The good-lookin’ chap doing his bit for CHIRP is Captain Don Cockrill MBE, Secretary General at United Kingdom Maritime Pilots’ Association. We had a good day out with him, Lieutenant-Commander David Carter, and John Rose – the former ship’s master and harbourmaster who got CHIRP going a few years back. This bulletin was again expertly presented by Martin Muncaster, whose clarity of diction and presentation don’t half show up some of the on-, and indeed off-screen presenters broadcast panjandrums think are such a laugh nowadays. Presentation is a real skill, as Martin shows – and indulging in quirky accents and weird delivery can just put audiences off, so that the whole aim – clear and compelling delivery of information – is lost. Wake up, panjandrums!
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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