"Hmmm. Nice lampshade."

How to Improve the Credibility of Your Skype Contributions to Broadcasters

"Hmmm. Nice lampshade” or similar sarcastic words to that effect is a phrase I have heard on more than one occasion in a TV studio gallery. They are said during those contributions, delivered by experts, or a reporter, over Skype or similar systems, usually via the contributor’s laptop. We see their head and shoulders and, due to the angle of the screen, the light in the centre of the room, or perhaps a crammed book case against a wall. Frankly it looks naff.

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Idly looking though Youtube the other day I found a complete concert by Oasis, staged in 2005 at, obviously, the City of Manchester Stadium. (As if the Gallagher brothers would have stepped into that place in Salford to do the gig!)

As the Jimmy Jib camera zoomed over the audience, I saw their hands in the air, some holding the electronic equivalent of the cigarette lighter, phones with the flash light on, swaying along to “Wonderwall”.

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