Sunday, 18 April 2010

Where have the presenters gone?

My dream job is to become a children's television presenter, but in the past few years I have noticed a decrease in the amount of presenters on television.

Back in the 90s when I was between the ages of 4-10 I remember seeing Angelica Bell, Chris Jarvis, Dave Benson Phillips and a lot more presenters on the tv. On the BBC there would be a section for the presenter to show all the birthday cards that had been sent in. Here a presenter would make it fun and entertaining for the children. The introducing of the programs was also a lot more entertaining than it is now. A presenter would introduce the program and give you an insight into what the program was about. This link from program to program made a really nice transition and a good change from seeing animation or tv characters. It really made the channel fun to watch.

Now there is a lot of animation and voice overs when programs are introduced. There aren't many presenters on main stream tv any more. BBC had turned to complete animation until last year when they introduced Ed and Oucho.

I miss the presenters. All I can say is that I hope there'll be a job for me when I come out of uni and Bring Back the Presenters!!

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Cbeebies presenter shock!

I have been thinking about a story which happened late last year. I'm very passionate about children's television and remembered this story for the sheer prejudice about it.

Back in late 2009 the BBC recieved lots of complaints from parents of children who watch their Cbeebies channel. The reason for the complaints? A new presenter. The BBC had hired new presenter Cerrie Burnell to present the Cbeebies channel. The complaints from parents didn't stem from the way she acted or spoke on the channel, it was about the way she looked. Cerrie had been born without an arm and had been left with a stump just past her elbow. Apparently, her disability and her different appearance caused parents to be concerned for their child's safety. The BBC had many letters and emails stating that children watching the channel were frightened by her appearance. To me, this is utterly ridiculous! Here you can see an obvious case of prejudice from many parents out there. It wasn't the children with the problem, as a study was carried out which showed that most children didn't even notice Cerrie only had one arm, or that if they did they weren't bothered by it!

Being disabled shouldn't have to cause a scene and certainly shouldn't put someone under the media spotlight. Cerrie is a great presenter and is achieving her dream by doing this job. Just because someone on tv has a disability, there is no need to complain about it. All the complainants should feel very ashamed of themselves, as Cerrie is still working on the Cbeebies channel and doing a great job!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Bring Back the 90s and early 00s

I've always been really interested in working on Children's TV. But in the last couple of years, I have noticed that the standard of Children's TV has decreased dramatically. What happened to the good old days of Blue Peter, Noddy and all the decent shows?

Now days everything is all computer generated, with most of the old school classic programs which all of us 90s kids grew up watching, are changing into 3D cartoons with no classic presenters.

I remember when there were no specialised channels for children's tv. The BBC had BBC 2 which showed both young and older children's programmes with a presenter introducing each program and making the channel a lot more interactive. They used to get you to send in your pictures and letters and would show them on TV and you would get all excited if your art work was held up by the presenter that you admired so much! What has happened to those days?

The rise in technology has pretty much ruined the classic children's TV. You may have more channels out there for kids now days but how many of them are actually decent educational shows? Where's Playdays? Where's Words and Pictures? Where's El nombre?

I say bring back presenters and bring back more educational programs for children. Come on BBC, you can do better than this!

Another Musical...How do you solve a problem like The Beamans?

If I said to you comedy duo band, what would you think of?
Flight of the Concords maybe?
Or maybe you just wouldn't have a clue what I was on about?

Comedy Duo Band- pretty much what it says on the tin. 2 people, in a band, performing comedy songs.

In other words, "The Beamans"!

The Beamans are a new band starting out in Cheltenham and just starting to perform live!

Me and Harri make up the band with an occasional star appearance from our friend Tea. The Beamans have written a few of their own songs and have performed a few covers. Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and songs from hit Disney Film the Lion King are some of our personal favourites.

In true style, I will put some links to some songs and The Beamans' MySpace page, just incase you were wanting to take a closer look at the nutters that truely make up The Beamans.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Thought Bubble- April 3rd!

I wanted to post another blog and this time about some very dear friends of mine!

Dan Williams and Rosey Ferguson, congratulations on your new baby girl, Bonnie Williams, born today on April 3rd 2010 at 15:37 weighing 6lbs!!!

Love to The Williams Family :)