By Victoria Smith, Broadcaster and TV News London Media Trainer
I had been doing a week at Euronews in Lyon as a news correspondent, when we heard a rumour that Theresa May was going to announce her resignation. A plane was quickly arranged to fly me back to London; forcing me to leave behind a half-bottle of Macon and a nice bit of brie. Then, it was up at 03.30 to prepare for a day of live reports - first from Westminster and then Downing Street.
Inside the gates to Number 10, Larry the Downing Street cat was scooped off the steps, and a lecturn was brought out. A clue! Then Philip May came out, a sombre expression on his face, and took up a position where he could watch his wife. A definite clue! There were so many journalists jostling for space it was hard to get a signal, let alone a good position.
Euronews took a live feed of the PM’s emotional speech, and I had to talk off the back of it, aiming to sum up her legacy in 2 minutes.
As the day went on, we discussed what went wrong for Mrs May (I’ll give you a clue - it’s a word beginning with “B”) and what challenges her successor would have.(See above!)
My husband, who is also a TV journalist, was one of many familiar faces there. He didn’t offer me his position opposite the lecturn - that would have been a step too far - but he did give up the deckchair he’d brought, as he knew I was in for a long day. The deckchair didn’t last long - one of the cameramen sat down for a breather - and went right through it. It was an extraordinary day. As Mrs May was drying her tears inside No 10, thousands of youngsters were marching past the gates demanding government action on climate change. Westminster was right at the centre of things that day.
Less than 24 hours I was back again; this time to cover the results of the European elections. First, my cameraman and I stationed ourselves outside the Brexit Party Headquarters, but all was quiet, so we moved to the LibDem HQ. That was quiet too, so it was off to College Green, opposite the Houses of Parliament.
I was just eating my packed dinner in the rain when I got a panicky call through my earpiece. "You're on NOW!" I dropped everything except the brolly and some rain-soaked notes when they crossed to me, battling with the elements. It made the presenter laugh to see me trying not to be blown away, and I had to laugh too. He referred to me as Mary Poppins throughout the report. My new strapline, perhaps?
As the night went on, the results started to come in fast, and I did my best to announce them, react, and analyse. For every live I had to add an extra layer of clothing, as the night grew colder. Luckily I had brought a big rucksack - and a new deckchair. Finishing in the early hours, I went home for some sleep, before more lives the next day. Instead, I lay there, wide awake for hours, before going back to Westminster Monday. This time I pre-recorded a couple of interviews, with the SNP and the Green Party, before doing a live in which I threw to clips from both interviews.
Next, I'll be covering the reaction to President Trump's visit. Looks like being another lively week.
30 May 2019
We had a great afternoon running our new Twinkle for the Camera – Online Video Skills Training Workshop in Central London on Thursday April 11.
The aim of the workshop is to equip people to talk to their phones or cameras professionally and to record video messages about their business and the services they offer. These can then be posted to YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
Research shows that online marketing using video is increasingly effective in bringing in business, with a majority of buyers and consumers now preferring to watch a video over reading a report (Nielsen research for Google 2018).
“The situation is that we are all broadcasters now, “ says Roz Morris, Managing Director of TV News London, who led the workshop, assisted by camera technicians, Lydia Nicolaides and Terry Emberson. Roz and Lydia are pictured above together with the six trainees.
“Talking to a camera and looking and sounding both professional and authentic is a lot harder than it looks. So that’s why TV News London decided to offer training which provides business people with the skills of TV presenters” says Roz.
“We have called this training Twinkle for the Camera because that’s what TV presenters all have to do. And now businesspeople promoting their business online also need to learn how to do this in order to engage with their audience and bring in more business.
“This training is both fun and serious We had plenty of laughs as well as serious comments, and everyone worked together to help to improve each other’s performance.“
Alicia Kite who runs the Alicia Kite Academy, training image consultants, did her first ever live Instagram message on IGTV during the course and plans to make this part of her marketing for her new training course.
Tayo Idowu, founder of Ebonyonline.net and Ebony Pages said: “ This was a very informative training course and I learnt a lot. There is a lot of information packed into a short time. I highly recommend this course.”
More information on our next TV News London Twinkle for the Camera training course on Friday 21 June in Central London is on our website.
17 April 2019
Style consultant Lisa Gillbe interviews TV News London’s Managing Director, Roz Morris as a guest speaker on her Podcast “Hags and Bags“. (See Roz and Lisa pictured above at the Institute of Directors, London)
Lisa and Roz discuss the importance of dressing smartly in the workplace, and on screen for TV interviews and online videos. As an expert media trainer, Roz points out that what you wear always influences what people think of you. If you look untidy or scruffy, you run the risk that people won’t listen to you – no matter how brilliant your messages are.
Roz says that we all understand the unspoken rules of both body language and clothes language when people talk to us. Content matters – a lot- but appearance comes first – every time.
The podcast was recorded in the Café at the Institute of Directors in London, on Lisa’s phone. In the 21st century, broadcasting really is everywhere.
Listen to the podcast below:
19 March 2019
Do you know how to talk to a camera and present yourself and your business professionally online?
Latest research from Google shows that:
- Most company decision makers would rather watch a video than read an article or a blog.
- YouTube reaches more 18-49-year-olds than any TV network
- Customers are more likely to buy after watching a video about your product or service
- Having video on your website more than double your conversion rate
Learn how to maximise your professional impact with TV News London’s new Twinkle for the Camera’ training workshops as featured on ebonyonline.net, the most comprehensive listings of theatre, music, culture, arts, films, business events and news of interest to London’s growing African Caribbean community and publishers of London’s only FREE entertainment, lifestyle and cultural publication EBONY LIFE.
TV News London’s Managing Director, Roz Morris who is a former BBC and ITV presenter and leading media trainer, is running our new ‘Twinkle for the Camera’ online video presentation skills training on 3 upcoming dates - Friday 22 March – Thursday 11 April – Friday 21 June.
Contact us on email@example.com and book now to reserve your place/s and avoid disappointment.
Watch Roz explaining the importance of video marketing in this short video below:
19 March 2019
TV News London’s Managing Director Roz Morris attended the 2018 Women of the Year Lunch Awards. Roz, pictured here with Catherine Roe, the Chair of the Lunch, is a member of the Women of the Year Nominating Committee. She has previously been a board member for Women of the Year and has led the PR campaign for previous lunches.
Roz is pictured with the guests on her table at the lunch:
Back row left to right: Violetta Parylo, Chief Operations Officer, RICS, Nancy Jobson, Hammerson plc , Allison Havey, RAP Project , Hilary Garratt, NHS Deputy Chief Nurse, England
Front row – left to right:
Roz Morris, MD TV News London Ltd, Adhiambo Odaga, Barclays, Sabrina Boanu -Williams, Barclays, Lucy Walker, Sarasin & Partners. Also on Roz’s table but not pictured were Sarah Ellis, Head of Digital, Royal Shakespeare Company and Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
The 2018 Women of the Year Lunch and Awards took place on Monday 15 October 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel, London Park Lane, where more than 400 women were recognised as ‘Women of Achievement’. Six of these outstanding women were honoured with Women of the Year Awards for their selfless dedication to their fields of work.
Women of the Year President, ITV News presenter, Julie Etchingham, welcomed the group of over 400 women, specially selected for their resilience, resourcefulness, and selfless actions. She was assisted by Women of the Year Lunch Chair, Catherine Roe, MD of Elior UK and comedian and actress Jan Ravens who hosted the event.
Famous faces among the guests included Claudia Winkleman, Fearne Cotton, Natalie Dormer, Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Laura Whitmore, Mariella Frostrup, Tamzin Outhwaite, Julie Etchingham, Lorraine Kelly OBE, Meera Syal, Rachel Shenton, Amber Rudd MP, Emily Thornberry MP, Debbie McGee, Denise Lewis MBE, Esther Rantzen DBE and Baroness Shirley Williams.
The awards presented at the lunch covered a wide spectrum of women’s achievements in technology, sports, science and education.
The Barclays Women of the Year Award was presented to Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Co-Founder of Stemettes. Anne-Marie oversees the award-winning social enterprise for 15 to 21-year-old young women, inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles.
In under four years more than 13,000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe have attended Stemette experiences. As part of the initiative Anne-Marie has also co-founded Outbox Incubator, which is the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls. The award was presented by Natalie Dormer.
The Women of the Year Shine a Light Award was awarded to Anne Norona, an NHS Nurse volunteering in Iraq, working to protect and provide for the persecuted Yazidi women. Anne funds her trips to Iraq through the Botox injections she performs as a nurse. Through her fundraising, Anne has recently opened the first antenatal clinic in northern Iraq, since Isis struck the area four years ago as well as a child-friendly space to support the Isis survivors. Her award was presented by Kate Adie.
Author and campaigner, Carmel McConnell MBE won the Women of the Year Campaigner Award Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, recognised for her unrelenting determination to provide free and healthy breakfasts to schools in disadvantaged areas across the country and in Scotland. These are schools with over 35% free school meals, where large numbers of pupils arrive too hungry to learn.
Carmel’s lobbying led to the National School Breakfast Programme, which will reach 1,775 new schools, and 150,000 hungry schoolchildren after launching in March this year, in partnership with Family Action. The two charities are working together to deliver the Department for Education's new programme. The award was presented by Fearne Cotton.
Paralympic athletes Menna Fitzpatrick MBE and Captain Jennifer Kehoe MBE took home the Women of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award for overcoming stereotypes and becoming Britain’s most successful winter female Paralympians, winning four medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Jennifer is a serving soldier with the Royal Engineers and is currently on a two-year secondment from her military duties to allow her to work as Menna’s sighted guide. In addition to being a world-renowned skier, Jennifer has sailed competitively, completed a tour of Afghanistan and won several medals competing for her country.
With five percent vision, Menna longed to become a gold-winning Olympian athlete at a young age, and quickly realised her ambition before the age of 21 at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. Menna’s trophy case now holds two silver and one bronze medal from the same Winter Paralympics, plus a host of other awards from the World Cup and the World Championships.
Menna was born with congenital retinal folds. She has no vision in her left eye and limited sight in her right. Their awards were presented by Dame Katherine Grainger DBE and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE
Andrea Smith was named as ITV Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award winner. Andrea was honoured for her work in setting up a football academy and youth club in September 2017 called the ASD Academy. The Academy is specifically set up for children who are on the autistic spectrum and teaches children with autism how to play football with the aim to get as many as possible to move into the standard teams. The award was presented by Lorraine Kelly.
Julie Etchingham, President of Women of the Year, said: “For over 60 years, Women of the Year has proudly recognised and celebrated the achievements of some of the world’s most incredible and bravest women.”
“Every one of the winners this year are making a mark on history through standing up for persecuted women, breaking the mould set for working women and selflessly dedicating their time make the world better. It is a truly remarkable event and I’m grateful to be a part of it.”
Sponsored by Barclays, Lilly, and ITV’s Lorraine, the event, which is in its 64th year was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in London's Park Lane. Every woman who is invited to the event has achieved something extraordinary in whatever walk of life she comes from. The lunch is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their bravery, determination, compassion and success.
ITV Lorraine viewers voted for their Inspirational Woman of the Year by a telephone vote promoted by Lorraine’s show which runs every weekday morning after the ITV Breakfast show Good Morning Britain.
26 October 2018
City Women Network is currently celebrating 40 years since it was founded back in 1978 by a small group of business and professional women who had to start the network in secret. In the male-dominated business world of the City in the 1970’s when they went out for lunch to meet other women they did not tell their colleagues or their bosses in case they were ridiculed or prevented from meeting.
Even booking a private room for networking lunches had to be done in a man’s name. Happily, things have changed a great deal for women since then
TV News London’s Managing Director Roz Morris has been a longstanding member of City Women Network and was Vice President of CWN from 2008 -2010. As part of its 40th-anniversary celebrations, CWN is interviewing some of its prominent members and Roz’s interview is the first to be published on the network website.
Asked about change for women over the last 40 years and helping other women now within the work environment Roz says: “I feel very strongly that we are now finally at a point of historic change where women are revealing the extent of sexual harassment and are determined to change the culture permanently.
“We all thought we were doing our bit on this decades ago but it now seems that, despite lots of real practical progress in defeating sexism, like being taxed in our own right even when married, gaining access to jobs previously closed to us, and no longer getting letters addressed to Dear Sir etc.. sexual harassment has just gone on and on.
“So, we must make sure that women are ready now always to tell men to back off and to own and use the power now being offered to them of being able to name and shame.” Roz also talks about her views on Brexit and vegetarianism.
Roz’s full interview can be read here: https://www.citywomen.org/articles/coffee-with-roz-morris
07 July 2018
The life of the author and paranormal investigator, Guy Lyon Playfair was remembered in BBC Radio 4’s The Last Word Programme in April and TV News London’s Managing Director, Roz Morris, talked to presenter Matthew Bannister about him.
Roz first met Guy when, as a young BBC radio reporter, she produced a radio documentary for BBC Radio 4 about the Enfield Poltergeist in the late 1970’s. Guy investigated the case as a member of the SPR, the Society for Psychical Research. His book ‘This House is Haunted- an investigation of the Enfield Poltergeist’ was first published in 1980 and has sold nearly a hundred thousand copies worldwide.
The case is often described as the most heavily documented and investigated UK poltergeist incident with more than 30 eyewitnesses including family members, neighbours, police officers, and journalists describing seeing and hearing strange incidents. These included toys and furniture moving around without anyone being seen to move them, unexplained loud knocking on walls, ‘ghostly’ voices, levitation and trances.
It has resulted in several Hollywood films, most recently ‘The Conjuring 2’, as well as the Sky Living drama series ‘The Enfield Haunting’ loosely based on Guy Playfair’s book.
Recently, Roz took part in a programme about the Enfield Poltergeist as part of BBC Radio 4’s series The Reunion which brings together people who have taken part in historic events. Guy Playfair was scheduled to take part, but could not do so due to illness. He died in London aged 83 on Sunday April 8 just before the programme was first broadcast.
In The Last Word Roz explains how she admires Guy Playfair for his courage, despite lifelong criticism from sceptics of his work as a paranormal investigator writing books about mediums, psychic surgery, poltergeists, metal bending with Uri Geller, and telepathy between twins. Ten of his books have been translated into 15 different languages.
Born in Quetta, India , in 1935 to a military family, his mother was a member of the SPR and he was brought up to have an enquiring mind. He always stuck to his belief that: ‘Nothing is supernatural however strange it seems. Everything is natural. We just don’t know what it is.’
The programme includes recordings made by Roz Morris and others at the time of the Enfield Poltergeist and interviews with Guy Playfair and is available to download from the BBC website.
The Last Word BBC Radio 4
Society for Psychical Research
01 May 2018
Over the last 40 years the Enfield Poltergeist has become world famous. Numerous Hollywood films – most recently The Conjuring 2 - have been (very loosely) based on strange events taking place in a council house in Enfield in the late 1970’s. The story has never gone away and it gained a new lease of life with the arrival of the internet and growing worldwide interest in the paranormal.
Stories about the Enfield Poltergeist started in 1977 and 1978 with BBC broadcasts on radio and television, as well as numerous newspaper reports including the Daily Mirror, The Observer, News of the World, the Daily Mail, and in America the National Enquirer. The book ‘This House is Haunted: An investigation of the Enfield Poltergeist’ by Guy Playfair was published in 1980 and was reviewed in the Daily Telegraph and other national newspapers.
On Sunday 8 April 2018, BBC Radio 4’s The Reunion Programme brings together presenter Sue MacGregor and 3 Enfield Poltergeist eyewitnesses: former BBC reporter Roz Morris, now TV News London’s Managing Director (Roz is pictured left in 1977 with her BBC Radio reel to reel tape recorder), lawyer Richard Grosse, and professional photographer, Graham Morris (No relation to Roz). The programme will be repeated on Friday 13 April. Each of them remembers their experience with the Enfield Poltergeist and are pictured above after recording the programme. (Left to right Richard Grosse, Roz Morris, Sue MacGregor and Graham Morris).
Roz’s report ran for 10 minutes in The World This Weekend on Sunday 11th September 1977 and she was so intrigued by the strangeness of what was happening to the Hodgson family that she went on to produce a 40-minute radio documentary – first broadcast in December 1978 on BBC Radio 4. It was repeated in 1979 on Radio 4 and also repeated twice on BBC World Service Radio.
The programme contains recordings of poltergeist activity including unexplained knocking sounds on walls, and also the strange deep voices seeming to come from Janet and her sister Margaret, and which claimed at times to be the voices of ghosts.
So why did this come to be known as the Enfield Poltergeist? Poltergeist means noisy spirit in German and there have been reports of this type of noisy and energetic ‘ghostly’ behaviour for hundreds of years. ‘All the incidents reported at Enfield fitted in with previous reports of what is known as ‘poltergeist activity’ Roz says.
The Conjuring 2 has so far made worldwide profits of more than $300 million. “I should point out that you have to take all these Hollywood films with a huge pinch of salt ” Roz says. “The films tend to focus on religious themes with demons, evil spirits and crosses turned upside down and so on, but in fact nothing like that was ever reported at Enfield.”
The Enfield Poltergeist is still controversial. Critics claim that the whole thing was faked by the Hodgson family. Some have claimed it was all down to the family wanting to move to a better council house. “However, this is not factually true “ Roz points out. “ Mrs Hodgson did not want to move and in fact lived in the house in Green Street for nearly 40 years and died in the house in 2003. The family did not make money out of the poltergeist, which, even in the much less frantic media times of 40 years ago, they could have done.“
“I really do not know what caused the Enfield Poltergeist “ Roz says. “ I do know that, apart from total sceptics who deny anything extraordinary happened at all, there are two types of theories. There is an internal cause theory - everything is caused by a young person around the age of puberty generating a form of psychic energy that can move objects around without touching them. There is also an external cause theory – ghosts centre around a troubled young person and the ghosts cause objects to move, strange voices and levitation of objects and people.
“ I simply don’t know what was happening at Enfield just over forty years ago. But what I do know is that in a long career as a journalist and broadcaster, this is the strangest and most disturbing story I have ever reported on.”
Link to listen to the BBC Reunion programme
05 April 2018
Are you worried about appearing on television, on radio or in an online video?
If you are, you are not alone because millions of people worry about what they are going to look like on camera. Nowadays everybody expects everybody to look good talking on camera.
Being able to talk on camera is a skill that most business people need to have at some time or another. So how do you acquire the right skills?
Well, the best thing is to have some media training and to find out how the professionals do it - how TV presenters make themselves look good. That’s why you need to call TV News London and get in touch with us.
TV News London is here to help you look good on screen.
We specialise in media training and have done so for more than twenty years, we are professional broadcasters and media trainers and we know what works on TV and online and what doesn’t.
Here’s the link to our new video. This is one of a series we’re posting by TV News London’s Managing Director, Roz Morris which will give you expert tips on do’s and don’ts for your on-screen appearances.
Watch the welcome video
04 April 2018
HRH Duchess of Cambridge was greeted by hundreds of cheering children when she visited Pegasus Primary School in Blackbird Leys, Oxford on Tuesday 6 March. Her visit, which was to look at the work of the school in providing emotional support programmes for children and parents, was part of her continuing interest in emotional well-being and mental health support services.
The Duchess was greeted by the Head Teacher, Francis Murphy, and Sarah Darton, CEO of Family Links, a national charity based in Oxford, which works with the school to provide emotional well-being training for teachers, parents and children. This enables them to cope with anxiety and stress, develop positive strategies for coping with life’s problems and succeed at school and at work.
Family Links has worked with Pegasus Primary School for more than 15 years building its emotional well-being training into school life including providing training for all teachers and support staff at the school. It is the only school in Britain which currently integrates this approach throughout the whole school.
TV News London works with Family Links helping with their PR and media training and Roz Morris, TV News London’s Managing Director, was at Pegasus Primary School working with Family Links to ensure the media were able to cover the story effectively.
“We achieved significant coverage both on the day of the Duchess’s visit and on the next day” Roz says. “The story was covered by many news organisations including The Mail, The Mirror, The Evening Standard, the Huffington Post, the Press Association, The Oxford Mail, the Oxford Guardian, ITV Meridian, BBC South and Sky News”
The Duchess, who was 8 months pregnant with her third child, met parents and children who told her about their positive experiences through Family Links training at the school.
Donna Lennon-Sinclair, a parent who has taken part in a 10-week parenting programme at the school, said she had found the training really helpful. “They should offer this to everyone’ she said. “This has made a real difference to my life.”
Jodie Brackett,11, in Year 6, told the Duchess he was able to trust his teachers to help him when he talked about any emotional problems. He was keen to tell his grandmother he had met the Duchess as “she is really into the royal family’ and would be really pleased to hear about the Duchess talking to him..
Zhara Gathenya, 10, also in Year 6, said the Duchess was an open person who was really easy to talk to. She said the school was able to help her to talk about her feelings and this was really important.
‘Just as we nurture our physical health, we should also nurture our emotional health’ Sarah Darton CEO of Family Links told the Duchess. “We are currently running parent groups across the UK and we believe every school could benefit from this consistent way of improving children’s emotional health” she added.
“Children who are emotionally healthy are able to develop good relationships and succeed at work and in life. Our programme helps both children and parents to develop emotional resilience and enjoy family life.”
‘I believe good emotional health is essential for academic success and our work with Family Links has been one of the key factors in our success’ says Francis Murphy, Head Teacher of Pegasus Primary. ‘We have some children here with complex needs and the Family Links Nurturing Programme provides them with the language to describe their feelings. It provides them with a forum to share and understand their experiences.’
All children throughout the school have a Circle Time session of 45 minutes every week where they can be helped to understand their feeling and experiences by discussing them with other children and teachers.
During her visit the Duchess also had meetings with Rowen Smith, Head of Training Family Links, Georgia Maddocks, Deputy Head Teacher, Pegasus Primary School, Rachel Walding, Family and Outdoor Learning Leader, Pegasus Primary School, Anna Thorne, CEO, OXPIP, Aida Cable, Head of Young People’s Programmes, the Royal Foundation, and Dr Sally Smith, CEO, Peeple.
Find out more about Family Links
03 March 2018