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Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN

GETTING POMPEY

16 February 2024

Day 3 of the Future Maritime Engineers project, and Rebecca Swan of the Wellington Trust had fixed up a great programme of visits to HM Dockyard Portsmouth, starting with a harbour trip on board a SERCO tender (the RN outsources a lot of its inshore work to this excellent service company.) Of course I wanted to film that too for the project movie – and so I asked, early in the project, could I go on board the tender, please. Reluctant yes. BUT I was not to film any RN ships, personnel or dockyard facilities – what the students were keen to see, like thousands of visitors to Portsmouth harbour every year. I could only film towards Gosport – some yachts and a tanker. No warships. So I had to get the students had to look where they didn’t want to. Terrific.

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About Rob

Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years of experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four-time 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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