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  • Title: Pat O'Mahony - TV & Radio Producer/Director/Presenter
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. About.. Television.. Radio.. Journalism.. Public Appearances.. Blog.. Contact.. What I Do.. Award-winning television radio producer/director/presenter.. Career highlights? I ve been in broadcasting about 25 years now so there have been many.. Here are just a handful:.. producing the Emmy Award-winning.. Reporters At War.. series for Discovery in 2003 on the history of war journalism;.. co-producing and hosting.. You Couldn t Make It Up.. , a 10-part weekly radio comedy news panel show for Newstalk in 2013 and 2014;.. directing my first television documentary,.. Sleep With Me.. , in 2007 for Channel 4 s First Cut strand;.. presenting and producing the weekly.. Access All Areas.. on RTÉ Radio 1 between 1996 and 1998 on the workings of the music industry;.. producing and directing.. Now That s What You Called News 2011.. , an end of year news-review television programme for RTÉ that focused on our internet news searches;.. producing five radio documentaries for RTÉ Radio 1 s Documentary On One strand between 2009 and 2012, including.. The Forgotten Visit.. on Nixon s 1970 visit to Ireland and the GAA McNamee Award-winning.. A Silver Lining.. on emigration and the Stockholm Gaels;.. filling in for.. Dave Fanning.. for eight years from 1990 on his nightly RTÉ 2fm music show;.. and of course, I imagine what most people of a certain age remember me for, my first full time broadcasting gig, co-presenting RTÉ Television s.. Head 2 Toe.. , their then weekly fashion show (I know.. Me? Fashion? Who wudda thunk?), for five fascinating years from autumn 1989.. Otherwise, as my CV so modestly puts it, I m:.. an ideas originator/developer with a print journalism background and a track record of successful commissions and fund-raising via broadcasters, sponsorship and government agencies (.. viz.. the.. BAI Sound Vision Fund.. );.. strong on finding and persuading people to take part;.. comfortable working alone or as part of a team, in-studio or on location, live or pre-recorded;.. proficient on Pro Tools, Hindenburg and Radioman;.. a holder of a full driver s licence and a surprisingly decent national and international contacts book;.. social media savvy and an all round good egg.. And like everyone else in this business, I m always on the lookout for good ideas so if you think you have one that could cut the broadcasting mustard let s have a coffee.. Films are always a fiction, not documentary.. Even a documentary is a kind of fiction.. Philip Seymour Hoffman.. A Eurovision Affair.. I could never be described as a Eurovision Song Contest fan.. But late in 2012 when it was announced that six of the biggest Irish names in Eurovision history would be touring Ireland together for the very first time, my curiosity was piqued.. In.. I went behind-the-scenes of this unique travelling show for.. RTÉ TWO.. s.. Reality Bites.. documentary strand, not only exploring up close and personal how it all came together over two weeks in October 2012, but also witnessing first hand the extraordinary affection that this pan-continental song competition inspires in the nation’s collective heart.. The.. Best Of Eurovision: Ireland’s Winners.. tour saw Johnny Logan, Dana, Linda Martin, Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan perform a whole host of favourite Eurovision hits, bringing audiences around the country on a very exclusive trip down Eurovision memory lane.. Of course getting this extra-special six-pack performance on the road was far from plain sailing.. I tried to capture both the plethora of last-minute rehearsal chaos that would have damned lesser productions and how, out on the road, things rarely went to plan.. But I also got a unique insight into the various rarely-seen relationships between the six stars of the show as they spend time together on the road, aware that if egos were allowed run riot it could have all ended in tears.. The Eurovision holds a very special place in the lives of people all across Ireland and.. gives more than a passing hint of what it is that for so many makes it so magical and memorable.. First transmitted on RTÉ TWO on February 18th, 2013.. TV Highlights Reality Bites: A Eurovision Affair.. entertainment.. ie.. Eurovision legends on RTÉ Two tonight.. RTÉ ten.. For more pics see my.. Facebook A Eurovsion Affair album.. (even if you don t have a Facebook account).. Six In The City.. was a one-off pilot for RTÉ television s.. Format Farm.. , who now increasingly want to generate their own formats that can entertain Irish viewers potentially be exported around the world.. Shown on September 13th 2012, and subsequently.. commissioned as a series.. , on.. , in it three socially incompatible couples competed to show each other the ultimate nights out in Limerick, Galway and Dublin to win their dream Big Night Out abroad.. The couples competing with one another were, from Dublin, Martin and Fiona, from Galway, Tom and Courtney and from Limerick, Tammy and Danny.. IT expert Martin and office administrator Fiona are immaculately coiffed, Algarve-tanned gym addicts who love fine dining, good wines, and the kind of discreet late-night piano bars where well-heeled Dublin socialites like to party with impunity into the wee small hours.. Professional musician Tom and his fiancé Courtney, who s a medical secretary, love the Galway Indie music scene.. They like to eat healthily and are fans of the foraged food movement.. Tom and Courtney also love Galway s small but burgeoning burlesque scene.. Unemployed karaoke addict Danny and his partner Tammy, a full time mum, are unapologetic party monsters.. They like drinking, raucous sing-a-longa Rhianna sessions and their idea of a slap-up meal is an all-you-can eat buffet; although they can stretch to a nice buzzy western-themed steakhouse if they re out to impress.. And all three couples were out to impress as gourmands Martin and Fiona introduced buffet bandits Danny and Tammy to Dublin s 5-star restaurant scene; boho duo Tom and Courtney introduced their guests to the tassle-teated joys of amateur burlesque; and Danny and Tammy flew the flag for alcopops, dog racing and extreme karaoke Limerick style.. It all added up to a reality TV comedy of manners as the couples terrorised each other with their hilariously mismatched social agendas.. As nights out progressed, strained politeness turned to incredulity, incredulity to annoyance, annoyance ratchets up into anger and anger to all out war.. First The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games.. I was the Dublin/Bray fixer/driver for filming in Ireland of.. First.. s Katie Taylor insert in June 2012.. The DVD is available at.. Amazon.. Kitchen Hero Donal Skehan on Sweden, buns and crayfish parties.. Is the Swedish culinary experience really about meatballs served at IKEA? Donal Skehan, an Irish TV presenter, home cook and food writer, explains his experience of Swedish food traditions in this short I directed for.. sweden.. se.. St Patrick s Day Festival.. I was a location producer in 2012 for.. Coco Television.. who provides live television coverage every year of Ireland s biggest celebration, the.. , for.. RTÉ ONE.. In addition to live coverage of the Parade, Coco also provides live coverage of the St Patrick s Skyfest fireworks display and highlights packages to broadcasters around the world.. Now That s What You Called News 2011/2010/2009.. The news we search for on the internet in the privacy of our own laptops, smartphones and tablets can bear scant relation to the stories radio, TV and newspapers present us with every day.. Often we want to know about a whole host of other events, but even when it s the same news, when and why we search for it is usually very different.. And increasingly the internet itself is at the heart of these stories.. RTE ONE.. (a follow up to.. Now That’s What You Called News 2010.. and.. Ireland’s Biggest Hits 2009.. ) was a fascinating and revealing top 20 countdown of some of the biggest, most interesting, colourful and bizarre news stories we explored online during 2011.. Presented by Craig Doyle, it featured an entertaining and interesting mix of both the serious and the less so as it explored the big internet stories of the year, from celebrity to politics, sport to economics, entertainment to natural disasters.. We asked if the internet means how we now find our news, what we’re interested in and who we believe has changed forever?.. With contributions from a bunch of well known web-savvy newshounds and commentators, it was a sharp, witty, intelligent, fun-filled look back at 2011 (and 2010 and 2009), revealing much about the country’s increasing use of and reliance on computers – and a lot about ourselves too.. I was the producer/director on.. , producing its two predecessors.. The new challenges YouTube the social web present broadcast news.. The Sociable.. Audio of interview.. with yours truly re NTWCN10 over on culch.. Curse Of The Night Eaters.. Every night throughout Britain a very small number of people will get out of bed to eat without being able to stop themselves.. Some will be wide awake, others will be fast asleep; what they ll all have in common is a complete and total inability to control their nocturnal nibbling.. , which I produced and directed for.. Channel 5.. Hidden Lives.. documentary strand, captures this bizarre and normally hidden nighttime behaviour in fascinating and vivid detail.. The film follows four persistent late night snackers on a revealing and often upsetting journey of discovery.. Along the way each gets to confront the reality of their own night-time actions for the first time by watching this ultra-rare footage of themselves in action.. They also learn in detail about their strange medical conditions and discover some of the treatment options available.. Whether any find a definite cure, however, remains to be seen.. was the first film I directed, made in 2007 as part of.. Channel 4.. s first-time-director strand,.. First Cut.. , with.. October Films.. is about the routines and rituals of sharing a bed in modern Britain, looking at the myriad of behaviours we negotiate in falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up each morning beside a partner.. Mixing light-hearted humour and serious analysis, it reveals much that is important and much perhaps that isn t so important about sleep, relationships and modern British society.. The film s stars are the couples themselves young and old, straight and gay, married and unmarried, with and without children pairings sitting on the end of their beds recounting their different stories while also reminiscing and arguing among themselves.. A telling and humorous peek beneath the sheets at the bed-sharing politics of couples all over the UK,.. Sleep with Me.. blends anecdotal interview with stills photography (by.. Hubert Kang.. ) as it journeys into the normally hidden world of the bedroom.. With funding from the respective channels I originated and developed four documentary proposals at.. in 2007, two each for.. were subsequently commissioned.. Insight News.. I was Head of Development during 2005-2006 at.. (now.. Insight TWI.. ), the Emmy-winning team that brought us Cry Freetown, Living With Refugees and Africa Investigates.. With decades of global experience,.. produces world-class documentary films and television programmes, specialising in hard-hitting, immersive, and undercover investigative journalism.. True Vision.. , who I made.. Reporters At Wars.. with in 2003, was formed in 1995 to make television that engages the viewer with issues that matter.. Their aim is to bring to the audience character-led narratives that entertain but also inform and educate.. They ve built a particularly strong reputation for human rights related film-making.. And while they don t make a lot of television programmes, everything they do seems to win awards.. I worked with.. as development producer in 2005 and 2006 during which time I also helped out with some research on their Bafta-winning.. Evicted The Hidden Homeless.. (however as the family I found and filmed for a while with never made the final cut, I don t count myself a BAFTA winner I know, get me, huh?).. Commissioned as part of the BBC s 2006 No Home initiative highlighting poverty and homelessness in Britain for.. BBC ONE.. for the 4oth anniversary of Ken Loach s hugely influential drama.. Cathy Come Home.. ,.. Evicted.. was a devastating indictment of the failure of the government to adequately address the problem of homelessness in 21st century Britain.. was a three-part (four in the US and elsewhere) series I originated and produced with.. that took a long hard look at one of the most dramatic and dangerous careers of modern times, that of the war correspondent.. More than 300 journalists were killed in battle zones in the dozen years before.. was produced in 2003, some 200 of these having been deliberately targeted by their killers.. The War in Iraq, which had just began when the series was commissioned by.. Discovery UK.. in April, had an initial rate of attrition 15 journalists dead (plus 2 missing) in the opening 26 days that was the highest ever.. Though 63 died in the Vietnam between 1963-1975, at the above rate around 4,500 journalists would have died if the Iraq conflict lasted as long as the Vietnam War.. Then there’s the psychological trauma of witnessing the brutality of war close-up, constantly, day in, day out, over long agonising periods of time.. No wonder nervous breakdowns, marital break-ups, alcoholism, etc affect war correspondents to a degree never experienced by most ordinary folk.. also examined the ever-changing circumstances that the war correspondent must file their stories under and the evolving technology that is supposed to make their job easier…that, at least, is the theory.. It also looks at some early examples of how technology aided and abetted the faking of war newsreel footage, the impact that television may have had on the outcome of war and the pressure that reporters now find themselves under in the satellite-driven, 24-hour rolling-news era.. Finally, it’s often been said that truth is the first casualty of war.. Thus the series went behind those well known, iconic stories and images from modern war journalism to scrutinise how such factors as patriotism, censorship, impartiality, propaganda and taste impact on the stories that we get to read, see and hear during times of conflict.. If the journalists themselves are rarely happy with what passes for news in such circumstances, how can we ever believe their blood-stained dispatches from the front?.. was a co-production between Discovery UK and the short-lived Discovery Times, a digital New York Times Television and Discovery Communications joint venture, since re-branded as.. Investigation Discovery.. won the.. Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming Long Form.. Watch part two of.. Dying To Tell A Story.. and all of.. War, Lies and Videotape.. here.. The truth of war reporting.. Nick Higham, BBC media correspondent.. War Coverage s Biggest Lie Censoring the Horrors.. Common Dreams.. Emmy for Irish producer.. Irish Echo.. Reporters At War: War, Lies and Videotape.. opening scrt.. Reporters at War: War, Lies and Videotape.. clip Films Media Group.. Reporters At War: Dying To Tell A Story.. clip scrt.. The Panel.. Based on an Australian format,.. was a weekly RTÉ topical comedy-style chat show made by.. Happy Endings.. Originally hosted by Dara O Briain on.. with four panellists who changed from week to week, it eventually moved to.. by which time it was chaired by Craig Doyle.. Regular panelists included Colin Murphy, Andrew Maxwell, Neil Delamere, Mairead Farrell and Eleanor Tiernan.. They discussed current events, interspersed with interviews with special guests.. Panelists were comedians, and as such the show aimed for pure comedy, rather than any hybrid of discussion or analysis and topical jokes.. The producers and regular performers were clear that the show was distinguished from other panel shows by the absence of games, rounds, scores or other contrivances.. After its one-off 2002 pilot, which I produced,.. eventually ran from September 2003 to January 2011.. Visual Voodoo.. , which launched as part of ITN Factual (now.. ITN Productions.. ) in 2000 to create youth-oriented TV, made numerous programmes for both the terrestrial and multichannel markets, including.. Fancy Me Island.. for Trouble and.. Sin Cities.. Travel Sick.. Hellraisers Handbook.. for Bravo.. Both of these channels and the company are no longer in existence.. I did some development production at.. for a few months after I was associate producer on the.. series.. The less said about this pile of cobblers on celebrity excess for the now-defunct Bravo UK, probably the better.. You don t believe me? Try this for.. sighs.. :.. BBC Television various programmes 1998-2003.. I worked on a variety of BBC Television programmes between 1998-2003.. Aristocrat Torquil Silvanus Matthew Septimus Riley-Smith s lavish lifestyle came to an abrupt halt when he finally managed to spend the last of his inheritance.. Queen Of The Airwaves.. followed his attempts to replenish the coffers as he oversaw the launch of Europe s first 24-hour gay radio station : a project that faced many obstacles, not least of which was Torquil s complete lack of broadcasting experience.. I was  ...   at all of the visit.. So, four decades on, I was curious to piece together a fuller picture of a significant moment in Irish history that has been largely forgotten, overshadowed in our collective memory particularly by the earlier visit of Nixon s great archrival, JFK.. I went on a very personal journey, not only casting my mind back to how I as a naive 9-year-old welcomed with childlike excitement the soon-to-be-disgraced US President, but also, in the company of various eyewitnesses, historians, protestors and broadcasters, for the first time explored how they remember the visit and the wider circumstances in which the trip occurred, including how these memories compare to recollections of the other US presidential trips to Ireland, and how people have since individually dealt with Nixon s subsequent fall from grace.. I also wondered about the power of the Irish-American lobby, past and present, and how any US politician worth their salt knows how important it is to woo them.. A trip that takes in the four major locations of Nixon s 1970 visit Kilfrush House in Limerick, Timahoe in north Kildare, my hometown of Kildare, and Dublin.. is or so it says here a unique and revealing tale of savvy politics, well researched genealogy and largely more innocent times.. Production supervision was by Liam O Brien.. First broadcast on Saturday 2nd October, 2010.. Forgotten visit by Richard Nixon to Limerick to be recalled in RTE radio broadcast.. Limerick Leader.. Nixon’s ‘forgotten visit’ to be recalled in documentary.. Irish Examiner.. Kildare s pride at recollections of Nixon s forgotten visit.. Leinster Leader.. The time Nixon came to call on us and reached out to a little girl.. Back to the future for organic food review.. The forgotten Irish visit of Tricky Dicky.. An American Presidential Visit to County Kildare.. Seamus Cullen, local historian.. An American President From Co Kildare.. Leinster Leader (via Co Kildare online).. Remarks in Timahoe, County Kildare, Ireland.. American Presidency Project.. RTE s documentary about Nixon.. brought forward an unexpected eyewitness in the form of broadcaster Ray D Arcy.. He was six years old when the president s cavalcade rolled through Kildare, and he stood with his classmates waving American flags supplied by the nuns.. Then they trooped back to class.. It summed up the differences between Kennedy and Nixon.. Kennedy came to Ireland and the whole country shut down; for Nixon, the children got an hour off school.. Sunday Business Post.. Facebook The Forgotten Visit photo album.. One Evening In July.. On July 30th 1995, now RTE radio producer/presenter, Olan McGowan, broke his neck while diving at Dublin s 40 Foot.. He s been a wheelchair user since.. I ve known Olan since 1984 he was a year behind me in the Communications Studies course in NIHE Dublin (now Dublin City University) and I was one of the first to get a call after the accident and to see him in the Mater hospital in the hours afterwards.. 15 years on from that fateful summer s day, in.. Olan looks back at the accident itself and all that s happened since, both to him and those he met while in hospital at the time, and contemplates his life today.. This is a very personal journey for Olan.. Along the way he recalls what life was like for him before his injury, how it dramatically changed that day with one careless dive and how he subsequently has come to terms with being a wheelchair user.. He revisits the 40 Foot for the first time since his accident to see what he remembers of the day itself.. He calls in on the National Rehabilitation Hospital where he had to retrain his body and mind for everything that lay ahead.. And he meets up not only with some of the wheelchair-using friends he made during this period to compare their experiences with his, but also with someone whose recent spinal injury has meant they now are starting out life as a wheelchair user.. is a fascinating and revealing voyage of discovery.. It s full of mixed memories of times past, of exhaustive efforts to do the ordinary stuff non-disabled people take for granted, of dark humour necessary to get through each day and of hope and optimism for the future.. It s an emotional and informative trip for anyone who has ever had to deal, directly or indirectly, with serious disability.. Production supervision by Nicoline Greer.. Sound supervision by Richard McCullagh.. First broadcast on July 24th, 2010.. Pat O Mahony s absorbing Documentary On One:.. (RTE Radio 1) rewound 15 years to revisit the accident and its aftermath.. McGowan himself has coped admirably with the appalling setback.. Sunday Business Post, 25th July 2010.. Weekend Blend.. was a Saturday morning magazine show on.. presented by Orla Barry.. I filled in for Orla in April 201o.. Pat s University Challenge.. Pat’s University Challenge.. , my first documentary for the.. strand, I went back to.. Dublin City University.. 20 years after it had become a university to see how the place had changed since I was a student there back in the mid 1980s when it was but a humble National Institute of Higher Education in Glasnevin, D9.. Living on campus for the duration of Freshers Week I was greeted head on by the huge physical changes that had occurred while I d been away, but I was far more curious to see if the attitude of place has changed.. And I was particularly interested to gauge how staff and students were now dealing with life in Ireland s youngest university in these economically unstable times.. Production Supervision was by Ann Marie Power.. First broadcast on Nov 21st, 2009.. And while trips down memory lane can often be self indulgent, trite and boring, this one struck the right balance of nostalgia, curiosity and a wry, mature take on modern Irish youth.. What I liked most about.. was its general good-natured air.. Irish Independent, 28th November 2009.. Second Generation.. was a six-part series for.. about what it was like to grow up, born in Britain of at least one Irish parent that I recorded in 2001 (with producer, Kevin Burns) and 2002 in the UK and then edited in late 2002/early 2003 in RTÉ in Dublin.. It featured.. Clare Short.. Coleen Nolan.. John Walsh.. Mark Wogan.. Blake Morrison.. and the late.. Pete McCarthy.. Irish London.. Now called.. BBC London 94.. 9.. , GLR (Greater London Radio) was the local BBC London station when I arrived in London in March 1998.. was their weekly Saturday evening Irish-themed show presented by Olga Buckley and later, Pauline McLynn, to which I contributed Irish music news and reviews and which I occasionally presented between 1998-1999.. I first presented the show a couple of times in 98 when Olga was unwell and then for a few weeks when they needed to be live Pauline pre-recorded her shows in case of further incidents after GLR had been unable to react immediately to the first two London nail bombs on Saturday the 17th and 24th April 1999 which occurred just before the show s slot.. Each Saturday during its 71-episode run on.. between autumn 1996 and spring 1998 (not bad considering my first contract for it was for 15 weeks).. Access All Areas.. examined a different topic, event or institution of the Irish music business in a bid to reveal a little of how the industry worked.. I remember it began life as a 30 programme but at some stage was extended to 40.. I also remember it didn t run for 71 weeks in succession.. In 1997 three of its Saturday evening slots in late May and early June were seized by the RTÉ powers-that-be for coverage of the then Irish general election.. In September that year one programme was postponed to allow for a repeat of an old radio documentary on Mother Teresa following her death.. On 27 January, 1998 for instance, I profiled.. The Irish Traditional Music Archive.. Off Your Trolley.. Each week on.. during late 1995 and early 1996 I took a different thing we spent money on I remember at the time saying picking a topic was like opening a page at random in the Golden Pages and went off on location to chat to a selection of people about their various buying habits on this topic.. It wasn t exactly brain surgery.. Unless of course you were spending your money on brain surgery which I never covered, sadly.. RTÉ Radio 1 various programmes 1994-1998.. I contributed regular reports and reviews to.. s evening.. Arts Show.. (now.. Arena.. ) presented by Mike Murphy,.. The Live Register.. (an afternoon show on unemployment issues) and.. 5-7 Live.. Drivetime.. ) presented by Myles Dungan, during 1994-98.. For eight weeks during the late summers of 1996 and 1997 I filled in for.. Andy O Mahony.. (no relation) on.. The Sunday Show.. , a live Sunday-morning news and current affairs programme.. At the time no one was more surprised than me to be asked.. Two things I clearly remember:.. 1.. Being on air the morning Princess Diana was killed and having to react to updates as they became available; and.. 2.. Making a gag about cocaine on only my second show while broadcasting from RTÉ s Limerick studio which garnered me a daft Fury Over Coke Joke front page headline the following morning in the Irish Daily Star, bless em.. I don t remember a lot about the couple of weeks holiday fill-in I did for Des Cahill until I started researching this I could ve sworn it was Ray D Arcy who was the normal presenter old age, huh? on his 1996 Saturday morning show,.. Talk Radio.. However, the week Irish swimmer, Michelle Smith deBruin, won her three gold medals in the Atlanta Olympics stands out.. We planned to dedicate an entire tribute show to her that Saturday, July 27th, 1996, thinking at the time even as we went home on the Friday evening when she had one race left that however she did in it she got bronze it was still a truly remarkable experience.. Our plans were thrown into disarray the following morning when, only a few hours before we went on air, we heard about the.. bomb in a park in Atlanta.. that, as we found out during the show itself, killed two people.. As soon as I arrived in we decided we had no choice but, rather than drop the tribute and concentrate solely on the bomb, to combine both somehow in the show.. And we did.. We had to get people out of bed in Atlanta and literally make it up as it went along.. Despite the tragic circumstances I still remember it as one of the most invigorating and rewarding live programmes I ve ever presented.. Presented by Alan Corcoran,.. Ireland Tonight.. was a late-night magazine show dealing with issues relating to the Irish diaspora.. I filled in for Alan for a few stints during 1995.. I used fill in on the.. then between 8.. 00-10.. 00pm when he was away for anything from 6-12 weeks a year during my nine years in RTÉ before I struck out for that there London in 1998.. I had a blast.. Getting paid to play good music what s not to like?.. Would I jump at the chance to do my own music radio show now? C mon, is the bear a Catholic?.. Contributor.. Editor.. Developer.. Producer, Radio.. Editor, Presenter, Producer.. Contributor, Presenter, Producer.. Editor, Originator, Producer.. Developer, Producer.. Presenter, Producer.. Originator, Producer.. Contributor, Presenter.. Originator, Presenter, Producer.. Contributor, Presenter, Reporter.. News is what someone wants suppressed.. Everything else is advertising.. Katharine Graham.. Irish Times.. February 15th, 2014:.. ‘Going back to college is odd’: the institute that became a jobs-focused university.. Here s the accompanying.. video.. that Darragh Bambrick shot.. February 4th, 2012:.. Meet ‘Magda’: ‘I don’t want to stay on the dole.. I want to work’.. (now subscription-only archived).. Kansas City Irish Festival.. During the months leading up to the 2013.. I did some PR work for them here in Dublin, helping generate local Irish media interest and potential future competition tie-ins.. I visited the festival the Labor Weekend (Aug 30-Sep 1) and of course got roped into doing some MCing while I was there.. 3Ts (Turn The Tide on Suicide).. 3Ts.. is a registered Irish charity working to help prevent deaths by suicide through research, intervention and support.. I set up and ran their.. account in the build up to and during their 2012.. Suicide Authority.. campaign.. Head To Toe Magazine.. was published in conjunction with the RTÉ.. television series for a few years in the early-mid 90s and I contributed articles to all issues while I worked on the show.. The Youth Exchange Bureau.. I handled Press and PR for.. Léargas.. ) on a part-time basis for about a year until autumn 1989.. I remember it was there that I got the phone call from RTÉ to say that I d got the.. gig.. Dublin Event Guide.. I contributed to the long-defunct fortnightly free.. (later to become The Event Guide) for almost two years from late 1987 until I got the.. gig in 1989.. Towards the end I wrote a regular TV column, looking at trends in the industry.. In fact it was one of these columns that lead indirectly to me getting to present Head 2 Toe.. I had gone out to RTÉ in late 1988 to interview Moya Doherty (now of Riverdance, then a senior RTÉ TV producer) about She s Got It, a six-part series where leading Irish female singers plus Nanci Griffith fronted their own shows, chatting and performing with their musical guests.. Half an hour after the tape recorder was turned off, Moya and I were still talking, the conversation having turned to the lack of a good music show on RTÉ television and the need for new young presenting blood.. To cut a long story short, in early 1989 Moya and I developed a music show proposal for RTÉ which sadly was beaten to the punch by an in-concert-at-the-SFX series, Seven Bands On The Up.. When we found this out Moya suggested I should instead audition for Head 2 Toe which after a year on air was being revamped.. The rest, as you might know, is history.. In Dublin.. I contributed articles, mostly music reviews, to the fortnightly.. magazine (now a listings.. website.. ) during 1988 and 1989.. I contributed interviews and album, gig and film reviews to.. during 1987 and 1988.. I also compiled the listings for the 1987 and 1988.. Hot Press.. Yearbook and Directories.. National Youth Council of Ireland.. I was asked in the summer of 1987 to assemble the.. s annual handbook on the back of having produced the.. NIHE Dublin Student Union.. 1986- 87 handbook during my year as full-time Entertainments and Publications Manager there.. NIHE Dublin Students Union.. After I graduated in 1986 (with a degree in.. Communications Studies.. ) I was the first full-time Entertainment and Publications Manager with the.. Students Union.. in NIHE Dublin (now.. ).. I briefly popped back in autumn 1988 to organise Freshers Week when my successor was offered a job elsewhere at short notice.. Social Media Coordinator.. Press Officer.. PR Assistant.. Publications Manager.. Publication Coordinator.. Most of an award-show host s job is showing up and keeping a cool head whether it s the Oscars or the Hallmark Channel s Hero Dog Awards.. Rob Sheffield.. As well as the bread and butter of TV, radio and journalism, when I ve time and if I m asked I also regularly make public appearances, giving talks, MCing events and opening supermarkets ok, I ve never opened a supermarket but hey, some day.. Over the last few years, for example, I ve:.. spoken at numerous events at my old alma mater,.. DCU.. , including their 2013/14.. Structured Mentorship Programme.. closing night and.. Society Awards;.. hosted the second stage and some individual events at the 2013.. ;.. MC d the inaugural.. Rock n Roll Dublin Half Marathon.. in 2013;.. spoken to students at.. WIT.. (Waterford Institute of Technology) and.. LIPA.. (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) in 2012 about the TV and radio commissioning process;.. MC d the.. Dublin Lions Club.. annual.. Eric s Party.. for the homeless in 2011 and 2012;.. spoken at the.. Dublin Freelance Forum.. in 2011 about the TV and radio commissioning process;.. launched Jane Travers book,.. Tweet Treats.. , in Odessa in Dublin in 2011; and.. chaired.. Mediacontact.. s 2010.. Content Is King.. social media conference in Dublin s RDS.. If you ve an upcoming event and you d like to enquire about my availability, drop me a line and let s talk.. Take your pick.. !.. Follow me on Twitter.. Facebook.. Join me on Facebook.. Email.. Drop me an email.. I.. creating.. Powered by.. WordPress.. Theme: Brooklyn by.. United Themes..

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  • Title: Blog - Pat O'Mahony
    Descriptive info: Welcome to my.. Off.. Message.. Read it.. 29.. Sep 2014.. Sticky Post.. By.. Pat.. Posted in.. 2fm.. Aaron Hillegass.. Big Nerd Ranch.. Discovery.. Dublin.. Emmy.. England.. George Monbiot.. Ideas.. London.. Lucky.. Media.. News.. Off Message.. RTE.. With.. 14 Comments.. Permalink.. Get Lucky.. On.. September 29, 2014.. I have a feeling this post will annoy a lot of people.. Especially successful ones.. But hey, it needs to be said so.. whatcha gonna do.. ?.. In media or any other business don’t ever underestimate the importance of luck.. Likewise don’t over-estimate the role played by your own talents and hard work.. I mention this because I hadn’t realised until recently that there was a second 27 Club.. And that I belonged to it.. We all know of the original.. 27 Club.. whose unfortunate rock fraternity members all infamously died young, three years shy of 30.. I only know of two members of our particular small, select,.. very.. lucky 27 Club.. I found out about it while having a long overdue coffee last week with former Green Party TD, John Gormley, during which I caught up on his latest media venture,.. Grenstem.. , and we discussed the pros and cons of setting up on your own in this daft business we call media.. In amongst all the gossip I discovered that in the 1997 general election he was elected to the Dáil after a week-long re-count with Michael McDowell which he won by a mere 27 votes.. Now, I’ve never believed in lucky numbers – but once…and only once that I know of – 27 votes similarly changed my life.. Without it, who knows where I’d be now? Certainly not typing this blog….. In 1984 I was cajoled into running against a classmate for the position of Entertainments Officer in the.. of my old alma mater, NIHE Dublin (now.. And I won…by 27 votes…27 bloody votes…at least a hundred students had no idea who either of us were so would ve stuck a pin in it.. 27 votes was nothing.. And yet it really did change my life.. Without those 27 votes I wouldn’t have got a taste for the music business.. I wouldn’t have gone for the position (now incorporating Publications Manager responsibilities) when it was made.. fulltime.. two years later.. I wouldn’t have began to deal with.. music magazine who did the layout and design for me on the 1987 Student Union Yearbook and Directory.. I wouldn’t have started writing for.. them.. , and then for the likes of.. and the old.. I wouldn’t have.. interviewed the TV producer for an article I was writing.. who then persuaded me to.. audition for the gig presenting a show on RTE television.. I wouldn’t have had an initial nine-year career on.. radio.. TV.. in Montrose.. I wouldn’t have gone to London in 1998 to try my luck over there.. I wouldn’t have spent the ensuing 11 years hustling my way round the English capital, the highlight of which was.. originating, developing and producing a major Emmy-winning series on the history of war journalism for Discovery.. I wouldn’t have come back to Dublin in 2009 to produce – and eventually produce and direct – an.. end-of-year review for RTÉ ONE of the news we searched for online in 2009, 2010 and 2011.. I wouldn’t have decided to hang around since as enough work has generally kept me busy and off the street corners.. I wouldn’t be sitting here now wondering what’s next.. And all because of a lousy 27 votes.. Now of course I may well have got to do all that without that tiny handful of winning electoral Xs, but I doubt it.. I may have gone a different route and ended up here – or indeed somewhere better – but whatever way you look at it, that tiny winning margin was pivotal.. And that’s without considering the multitude of other lucky breaks I’ve had along the way, most of which I’m pretty sure I’ve been unaware of.. Sure, I worked hard, studied when necessary, networked like a mad thing and generally shortened the odds in my favour as much as possible, but in the media, like most other businesses, you’re still relying on others to make decisions that will have huge impacts on your future.. What, for instance, if that.. first music television idea back in 1989.. hadn’t had such well-heeled (ie sponsored) competition?.. What if during all those years.. filling in for Fanning on 2fm.. someone there figured maybe they should offer me a proper music radio gig?.. What if, more recently, despite being shortlisted, we’d won a big radio commission I’d have given my right arm for?.. What if just a handful of the hundreds of amazing (whaaaat?) programme ideas from over the years currently residing in the ‘rejected’ folder on my hard drive – let’s say for argument’s sake, only those that have subsequently been made by others – had got green lit, pitched via a different production company to a different channel commissioner on a different day?.. Was it a lack of talent? Not trying hard enough? Or possibly a complex mess of bad luck? I suspect the latter.. Then I would, wouldn’t I?.. I’m not, of course, the only one.. While writing this I came across Aaron Hillegass of.. , one of those rare breeds, a successful entrepreneur who acknowledges that.. the role of luck in success or failure is underestimated.. Like him we’ve all had decisions go in our favour or against us all our lives because of factors we had zilch control over at the time.. Our accents; our postcodes; our parents’ attitude to education and work; the quality of our teachers and schools; the personality foibles of our workmates and bosses; our health…the list of mitigating circumstances is endless.. Now, before you cry foul and jump down my throat at my questioning of your undoubted excellence, it s not like I m making this shit up.. You should be aware of.. the self-attribution fallacy.. As.. , a far more intelligent man than I, pointed out a few years ago, “the claims that the ultra-rich 1% make for themselves – that they are possessed of unique intelligence or creativity or drive – are examples of the self-attribution fallacy.. This means crediting yourself with outcomes for which you weren’t responsible.. ”.. He also at the time reminded us that, “if wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.. So, I don’t want to put you off, but if you want to be successful in the media biz, like any other, sure, do all those things like study, work, hustle, and so on, but if in the end you don’t get lucky,.. fuhgeddaboudit.. 07.. Anna Richardson.. Archive.. Audition.. BBC.. Century.. Corrs.. Daisy Goodwin.. Eurovision.. Father Ted.. Fleetwood Mac.. Gareth O'Callaghan.. Gortnaclune.. Hellfire Club.. ITV.. King.. Marty Whelan.. MTV.. Paul King.. Peter Fincham.. Ronan Keating.. Ross Hubbard.. Sex Education.. Silver River.. Talkback.. The Commitments.. Theresa Lowe.. 11 Comments.. Choose Me.. September 7, 2014.. So a second.. RTÉ Archives.. article has inspired a blogpost here –.. the first was about Gortnaclune ’94 and a whole slew of anniversaries.. – I should buy them a coffee or something, huh?.. Now.. their piece last week about it being 25 years since the short-lived Century Radio went on air.. has reminded me of auditions.. No, not because I tried out for Century but the great.. did – it was his show that kicked off the station’s ill-fated schedule that first Monday morning in September 1989.. But when he controversially walked out on his popular.. gig to move to Ireland’s first commercial national radio station earlier that year he famously lost his three TV gigs, such was.. RTÉ.. ’s determination – unfairly, but I guess understandably back then – to make an example of him.. Marty’s loss was my gain.. And also.. ’s (.. Where In The World?.. ) and.. Gareth O’Callagahan.. ’s (Video File).. When I was alerted to the revamp that was due to happen at Head 2 Toe on the back of Marty’s departure.. , while I was reluctant at first to ring the producer whose contact details I was given – what the hell did I know about fashion? – I quickly figured, hey, what had I got to lose?.. A few months later I found myself in an RTÉ television training studio about to do an audition that would dramatically change my life.. Now I know a lot of people give out about how humiliating auditions are, having to prostrate and prostitute themselves in front of incompetent fools who simply don’t realise how fantastically talented they are, all the while inwardly screaming, Choose me, choose me!.. I imagine we ve all heard stories of ones that have gone horribly wrong; less so the ones that went beautifully right.. But they re part and parcel of this business and that s not going to change anytime soon; I mean, how else are producers to know if presenters might be right for a programme or actors for a role if they don t stick em in front of a camera at some point?.. I’ve only ever done ten; and I got three of those, which as any jobbing presenter or actor will probably tell you is a pretty decent batting average, so you ll understand when I say I ve never minded them.. The first two were as singer for bands after I left college when I still half-arsedly harboured musical ambitions.. I was undoubtedly rubbish as I never heard back on either, so the less said about them the better.. I also auditioned twice for acting roles, both more by accident than design.. I was unsuccessful going for.. in 1990, though not by much, I was repeatedly told by casting agent,.. , and six years later got lucky with the.. Father Ted Christmas Special.. , only for my tiny role to end up on the editing floor, for no other reason than on the day I couldn’t act my way out of a paper bag.. Some day no doubt I’ll tell the stories of these thespian failures here, but for the moment I want to concentrate on television presenting auditions (oddly I’ve never had to do one for a radio show).. In London I tried out for four TV shows, the first three in the few months after arriving there in March 1998.. I was barely off the plane than I was found myself perched on a park bench in posh Parsons Green holding a Corrs album trying out for.. It was no small coincidence that an old NIHE Dublin (now.. ) classmate was its then programme editor.. Never ever underestimate the who-you-know factor, folks.. But what about the Corrs, you may well ask? Well, turns out someone had written to the programme complaining that they were hard done by because they bought a copy of.. The Corrs’ Talk On Corners.. when it first came out in late 1997 with only 13 songs on it but had they waited until after April 1998, for the same price they’d have got it with an additional track, the band’s cover of.. Fleetwod Mac’s Dreams.. A first world problem – before the term had even been coined – if ever there was one.. Anyway, they asked me to do a report on it and if it was good enough they might broadcast it in the last episode of their 1997-’98 season and possibly offer me a fulltime gig as a reporter for 1998-’99.. They did.. And they did.. They probably shouldn’t have but that’s another story.. A few week’s after Corrgate – ouch, sorry – and having agreed to.. join Watchdog as a reporter.. I got a call to come in and meet.. , then a senior producer at.. , one of the UK’s biggest independent production companies, and subsequently founder of her own.. Silver River Productions.. She’d seen my presenter showreel and wanted to chat, which was nice, even though I was upfront with her from the start that I had just accepted the Watchdog gig so was no longer a free agent.. An hour later and she’d somehow managed to talk me into auditioning for a new fashion TV show they’d just got commissioned, which turned out to be.. Channel 4’s She’s Gotta Have It.. ; this despite me repeatedly telling her I had no interest in returning to fashion programming, having left.. four years previously; or that I wouldn’t actually be able to do it because of my upcoming Watchdog commitments.. So a few days later I did the audition, during which they asked me to try out for a gadget show they were developing…which once again I did while repeatedly telling them I wouldn’t be available to work on it if it ever got green lit.. A few days later the phone in the flat rang.. It was.. , then head of Talkback, subsequently Controller of.. and now Director of Television at.. , a man even then I’d have given my right arm to talk to, asking me if in fact I had signed up for Watchdog.. I told him that while contracts had yet to be sorted, I’d said yes and wasn t about to go back on my word.. But we agreed that once I got settled at the.. I’d give him a shout and we’d hook up for a chinwag.. Sadly despite my best efforts over the following months I never got past his overly protective secretary so that chat never materialised.. If anyone wants to pass this onto Peter, maybe it s not too late.. The fourth and final London try-out was in that post-Watchdog period before I figured I was probably better off for a while concentrating on an off-camera career.. It was for a proposed series about, of all things, hair, a group of us gathering one morning in a basement studio in.. to be put through our paces.. I don’t remember very much about it except that.. , former singer with ‘90s pop preeners,.. , and a then.. VJ, and.. , who subsequently made a splash with.. C4’s Sex Education Show.. , were also among the wannabes.. I’ve no idea if the idea ever actually made it to air or if it did who presented it.. I sure as hell didn’t.. I also once auditioned for the.. Eurovision Song Contest.. Yeah, I know, but in 1989 for some reason I felt as a presenter it was in many ways the ultimate gig.. I still do, though only if shiny-floor entertainment is your thing.. It s not mine.. I didn’t get it, despite my Leaving Cert French and digging out my best suit, but was reassured when I found out that I was pipped to the post by none other than.. There s a career highlight right there.. But of them all the biggie of course was.. That summer morning in 1989 was pivotal in my career; at the time I probably didn’t realise how pivotal but there s no doubt it kickstarted my 25 year broadcasting career to date.. On the day, I remember being pretty relaxed.. Not that I was cocksure but maybe because it wasn t my dream gig, I know I wasn’t overly nervous.. The producers had asked me to prepare a clothes-themed interview with someone and to bring in whatever props I needed for it.. So I roped in my mate Tom Doyle, then mainman with Dublin bluesy rock four-piece,.. The Hellfire Club.. , to bring along a selection of his extensive leather jacket collection to discuss what makes a good one.. We ended the chat with him being faux-disgusted to find a sub-standard rogue coat in amongst his assorted treasures, only for it to turn out to be mine.. I ve always assumed the producers liked our limp attempt at humour.. That and the fact that just as I was about to start the interview when they asked me without any warning to do a short PTC piece to camera, not Pat talking crap as someone suggested a few years later while on location introducing the story, I did so without blinking.. Whatever, no one was more surprised than me – except maybe my old man how he laughed in very reasonable disbelief – when a week or so later they rang to offer me the job.. Many months afterwards I found the audition tape lying around the office and cheekily took it home for a sneaky watch.. I remember being surprised at some of the big names that had gone for it.. And that none of us were particularly good.. The reason I think I got it? Not because I was the best, but.. as I ve said many times since, probably because I was the least worst.. 27.. Aug 2014.. Electric Picnic.. Feile.. Ireland.. Megamix.. MT-USA.. No Disco.. Old Grey Whistle Test.. Other Voices.. TFI Friday.. Tube.. Word.. Xposé.. 20 Comments.. Music Television Blues.. August 27, 2014.. I see the.. will be on the telly this weekend.. This isn’t a first for the Stradbally three-day music festival, as.. were there in 2006 with Tom Dunne and Jenny Huston.. This time round the same channel are giving four hours over on Saturday night to the less-boutique-than-it-used-be three-day gathering in Co Laois, hosted by Eoghan McDermott and Jenny Greene.. It’s not quite the.. BBC’s multi-channel near-saturation annual coverage of Glastonbury.. but hey, it’s better than nothing.. To be honest, though, I was quite surprised when I heard that even that small chunk was going to shown.. Because today music on television generally doesn’t rate; at least not well enough to normally interest those in charge of commissioning programmes.. If I had a penny for every time I’ve been told this over the last 10 years as I optimistically pitched yet another TV music idea I’d have, well, a small bag of pennies.. You’d think I’d have learned from the very.. first television idea I ever pitched.. – a music series, natch, which never made it past the proposal stage – some twenty five years ago.. It wasn’t always like this, of course…though this may well be just the nostalgia talking.. But the likes of.. Top Of The Pops.. The Old Grey Whistle Test.. The Tube.. …even.. , they were all of a different era when competition for eyeballs from all directions, not just other TV channels, was immeasurably smaller.. Then in the early ‘90s as.. began to discover there was mileage in reality telly – who remembers the original of the species,.. The Real World.. ? – signalling their rapid move away from their non-stop music television video origins,.. ’s.. The Word.. put their own particular anarchic stamps on the age old chat-show format, in the process throwing live music a small TV lifeline.. Closer to home.. ’s 10 year no-budget hipster-heaven run from 1993 tucked away in RTÉ TWO’s late-night graveyard shift showed how much it was valued by Montrose’s powers-that-be.. Meanwhile that.. had more recently to find its own funding after RTÉ pulled theirs after a few series shows if anyone still doubts it that if we don’t watch live music on TV in enough numbers networks won’t want it…unless of course they get it for next to nada.. But what about the long-running BBC television music fest,.. Later with Jools Holland.. , I hear you ask? (I don’t, obviously, but I’m guessing a few of you are at least thinking it.. ).. Yup, Later’s the exception that proves the rule; there mostly because it’s become an immovable institution since its 1992 debut just because it’s been around so long.. Sure, it’s regularly had its moments over the years, but ask yourself, would it get commissioned today? I seriously doubt it.. It’s not all bad news.. Two of my favourite ever television jobs were on music programmes, albeit a pair of very brief one-offs.. In 1995, after five years rocking out in Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary, the three-day Feile festival hightailed it to Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork.. And we eventually persuaded RTÉ TWO that they really needed to be there as well.. was born and myself, Ray D’Arcy and Dustin (a once famous turkey puppet for those you not old enough) fronted their extensive live coverage that hot and sweaty August weekend.. And we had a blast.. I’ll maybe come back to its many highlights another day.. Remind me to tell you about the goodies Black Grape offered me *just* as I was about to interview them on camera.. Eejits.. We never got to do it again unfortunately as the planning laws at the time – sorry, Garth, these fiascos are nothing new – scuppered any further outdoor Feiles, an awful indoor version the following year in Dublin’s Point Theatre (now the O2) signalling its sad demise.. Five years later I came back from London to co-present with Darragh Purcell the inaugural (and only, unhappily).. weekend on a nascent.. Once again fun and games were had.. Though we must have done some work because I remember I only got to actually see fifteen minutes of one act  ...   experience would always come up short.. And as far as I know they haven’t figured either out yet.. On the other hand I said that day in Fagan’s there’s one sport already rigged up where simply swapping in 3D cameras for the normal ones already in use would be spectacular for television viewers.. Formula 1 has more cameras around each circuit than you could shake a “Hello mum” sign at.. More importantly, now that miniature camera technology is both affordable and produces surprisingly high quality pictures, it has them all over individual cars and even on the drivers.. Motorbike racing, which I never watch, I suspect does too.. So imagine the start of a Grand Prix in 3D from the perspective of the cars on the grid, low down to the ground and surrounded by 20-odd other glistening, revving, state-of-the-art driving machines as they accelerate away at frightening speed when the red lights disappear, jockeying dangerously for position through the first few bends mere centimetres apart.. Imagine the thrill of witnessing a spectacular overtaking manoeuvre from the perspective of the drivers involved.. Imagine a crash in 3D.. Now, ghoulish as it may sound, that I’d wear silly glasses for.. 10.. Argentina.. Brazil.. France.. Holland.. Italy.. Romania.. 34 Comments.. Back Of The Net.. June 10, 2014.. Football and television have long been natural bedfellows.. And from Thursday if you’re not a footie fan then the next month’s TV schedules are not going to be to your liking.. But for those of us who love the beautiful game the World Cup is viewing heaven.. Between here and July 13th, whether you watch on an old fashioned TV, your office or home computer or a phone or tablet, there are 64 matches to be anticipated, analysed and argued about, their results then filled-in on wall charts the globe over.. These 64 games don’t come cheap to your favourite networks who each pay a chunk of the $1.. 7 billion,.. according to Forbes.. , FIFA expects to generate this year from global television rights.. For this wallop of dosh it gets a hefty audience.. 909 million television viewers around the world tuned in to at least one minute of Spain’s 1-0 extra-time win in the 2010 final over the Netherlands in Johannesburg.. The average official rating was 188.. 4 million for each match.. I was waaay too young – ahem – to remember the 1966 World Cup that my English mates for some reason hold so dear, but clearly recall being allowed stay up to watch some of the big games four years later.. Even though Mexico ’70 was the first World Cup broadcast in colour, my memory is of pictures at the time in the O’Mahony house being black and white, dad not renting the colour TV ‘specifically for the tournament’ – that then, of course, never went back – until 1974; an older brother has a different recollection, saying dad actually rented it in 1970.. The brother and I are agreeing to disagree until someone can prove it one way or the other.. Whichever, whether in black and white or colour, over the years television has provided us all with many magical World Cup memories, the most famous trotted out repeatedly since so even if you missed them first time round, you’ve probably seen them so often by now it feels like you witnessed them as they happened.. I’m thinking of.. Gordon Bank’s spectacular save of Pele’s impeccably placed header in the classic 1970 England-Brazil group game;.. the snowstorm of ticker tape in the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires and the unpleasant stalling tactics Argentina employed to help win their first ever final in front of a raucous home crowd in 1978;.. Northern Ireland’s great 1-0 win over hosts Spain in 1982;.. Diego Maradona’s contrasting Hand-of-God and Goal-of-the-Century goals against England in Mexico in 1986;.. Ireland’s great last-16 penalty shoot-out win against Romania in Italy ’90;.. Ray Houghton’s cheekily volleyed goal for Ireland in their opening-game 1-0 win against Italy at Giants Stadium in USA ’94;.. Dennis Bergkamp’s brilliant late winner for Holland against Argentina in the France ‘98 quarter final;.. Robbie Keane’s added time equaliser for Ireland against Germany in Japan-South Korea 2002;.. English referee Graham Poll mistakenly handing out three yellow cards to Croatia’s Josip Šimunić in their match against Australia at Germany 2006;.. andFrank Lampard’s goal that wasn’t for England against Germany in South Africa 2010.. Of course there are millions of other moments that I haven’t included or have forgotten about – feel free to show me the error of my ways in the comments section below.. But we remember all of these great World Cup incidents – and more – why? Because we saw them live, as they happened, along with a massive global audience, on television.. And one story perfectly illustrates how this television coverage has changed over the decades.. In June 2002, the afternoon before England and Brazil were set to face off against each other in a highly anticipated early morning (in this neck of the woods) quarter-final kick off, the BBC showed in its entirety that famous 1970 encounter in Mexico between the two teams that many rate as one of the greatest international game of football ever.. Having only a vague memory of the original – in fact I’m not actually sure I saw it at the time so often have its best known moments been played out since – I booked the couch for what I assumed would be a 90 minute mastercalss in magnificent football.. Not that it wasn’t – I’ll leave the pundits to debate that – but what I couldn’t ignore throughout it all was the truly appalling state of the pitch and the much slower pace of play than we’re used to in the modern game.. That wasn’t all.. So used have I become to the current TV football coverage I was gobsmacked by how few cameras covered the game – maybe eight in comparison to the 20 or 30 that might be used at every big game now.. More markedly, the action replays, which were, in fairness, relatively new at the time, were just slowed down versions of what we’d just seen.. No multi-camera angles revealing every aspect of every analysed incident from every conceivable direction with a dollop of computer graphics thrown in for good measure.. No, just the same again please, except not quite so fast.. Today’s pundits – and viewers – would be appalled.. So as you settle down to your games of choice from the 64 on offer on this, the 20th time countries from around the globe have gathered to determine which national team stands above the rest, make a note of any occurrences that may be worthy of inclusion in the above and below highly subjective hall of fame and remember you still probably saw it on television first.. Advertising.. No Comments.. Pole Position.. June 2, 2014.. When you’re working on a daily live magazine TV or radio show – I’m back in.. for the summer, currently producing again on.. The Mooney Show.. – potential programme items come through a whole slew of different routes.. Someone on the team may spot an interesting story online, in a newspaper or magazine that could be further investigated on air; a viewer/listener may get in touch with a query that sparks our curiosity; an eager PR company might approach on behalf of a newsworthy client; an upcoming anniversary could suggest a reassessment of a well known historical event; or a great idea may simply pop into someone’s head during a conversation, while watching TV, reading a book…even doing the dishes.. Often these stories that tap you on the shoulder when you least expect it are the most interesting.. Last week, for instance, I chanced upon just such an unanticipated gem.. And while we still haven’t cracked this odd little mystery (last time I checked), I’m still kinda hopeful.. Strolling into work Wednesday morning I turned a corner from Pembroke Gardens onto Baggot Lane in Dublin 4 and would have walked by a lamppost there had I not spotted out of the corner of my eye some innocuous looking strips of brown cardboard gaffer (duct) taped to it.. I’m guessing it was the fact that these three pieces of cardboard each had something handwritten in large capital letters on them that really caught my attention.. The larger top boldly declared, “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH MY JULIE”; the middle one lamented, “I MISS YOU”; and the bottom one – hopefully? cheekily? desperately? suggested, “DINNER TONIGHT?”.. I was intrigued.. Who was Julie? Who – he or she? – was missing her? Would dinner be had?.. At the same time I wasn’t sure if this the most romantic thing ever or just plain creepy.. I also wondered if this very public declaration of love was real.. My Julie.. ’s distinct Ali G feel raised a very suspicious red flag.. I looked around, half expecting to see whoever had stuck this teasing troika here watching from a safe distance for reactions, or – and yeah, once a producer – a few judiciously placed hidden TV cameras recording for some kind of prank show.. But no, nothing.. I took a picture on my phone and posted it on.. Facebook.. to see if anyone could solve this Who s Julie? conundrum.. It was immediately obvious from the comments and shares that others were curious too but there were no immediate answers.. So I showed the photograph to the Mooney Show team, suggesting that Derek could maybe have a bit of fun with it on the show.. They agreed and an hour later I was back on Baggot Lane with a microphone and recorder stopping strangers who happened to stroll by and knocking on nearby doors to see if I could solve this hand-written romantic riddle.. Sadly no one I spoke to was able to provide any solid leads so when my report went out Thursday afternoon we were none the wiser as to the who, what or why.. Disappointingly, judging by the dearth of calls, emails or texts, none of the Mooney Show listeners who heard the item seemed to know anything either and this particular poster puzzle, which.. Broadsheet also spotted.. , remains at the time of writing unsolved.. Have a.. listen to the report podcast here.. And if anyone does know anything we’re still all ears at mooney@rte.. 26.. May 2014.. Formats.. IFTN.. PACT.. Screen Producers Ireland.. 1 Comment.. Pitch Perfect.. May 26, 2014.. Last week I wrote here about how.. simple ideas are often the most successful in TV and radio.. As I’ve often said (for instance, at the.. 2011 Dublin Freelance Forum.. ) I can’t over emphasise how much – just like in print and online – ideas are the lifeblood of broadcasting.. Without them, we d be faced with an embarrassment of silence and blank screens.. So what do you do if you have one that you think could make a great programme or series? Or what if you’re just wondering what kind of ideas become great programmes or series?.. I know it sounds obvious but the first thing to do is to check programme listings and listen to and watch as much as you can on as many stations and channels as possible.. This will give you a feel for the styles and subjects that each prefers based on what was recently or is now being produced and for what might in the future fit around these programmes, either because they’re very similar or totally different.. No harm either in keeping an eye on various media correspondents and publications who regularly publish articles on trends, people, production companies, what’s just been green lit, etc.. Who to pitch to is the real conundrum.. This is another reason to look and listen, especially for production credits on those programmes that are in the same general area as your idea or topics of interest.. Some will be made in-house – for example, RTÉ and the BBC produce much of their own output – while others will be external productions – all of what you see on Channel 4 is made by independent production companies.. You’ll find lists of these independent production companies online, their biogs often giving you clues as to their areas of specialisation; in Ireland check.. Screen Producers.. , in the UK have a nose round.. Whether in-house or independent, these are the people with the experience and expertise who’ll know pretty quickly if your treasured idea is as brilliant as you think it is and whether it stands a snowball’s chance in hell of getting commissioned.. But before you approach anyone you still have a little more research to do.. If you know anyone in the business, make them your first port of call – buy them a coffee and pick their brains.. They’ll know who’s who and be able to advise you on who’s approachable and who isn’t.. They might even offer to get involved, either organising an introduction or, if you’re lucky – and you trust them – coming on board to help (re)write and pitch your proposal and to work with you on the idea if it ever gets made.. If you don’t know anyone in the business, then it’s a much tougher ask.. You’ll have to not only work out who the right people are to pitch your masterpiece to and then find their contact details, you’ll also have send a few emails or make a few calls to see whether in fact they even accept unsolicited ideas; many don’t.. I m often asked what kind of ideas stand most chance of getting commissioned?.. If I knew the answer to that I’d be writing this from a chateau in the south of France or a penthouse in New York.. I can assure you I m in neither.. But there are undoubtedly some things that help: for instance, exclusive access, be it to an interesting person, institution, documents, site, etc; a killer format that will work internationally across a returnable series; awareness of an important anniversary that gives an opportunity to reassess a topic with the benefit of hindsight; and/or a hot subject that is currently slap bang in the middle of that much maligned zeitgeist.. One or more of these and you re half way there.. However before you get too carried away, remember no matter how far you manage to get your proposal, the chances of it ever seeing the light if day are slim.. There’s a very good chance your idea is actually rubbish (I cringe when I look back at many of those I thought were brilliant at the time that now languish unloved and alone in my Programme Ideas file); someone may have recently beaten you to the punch with something similar (the only token of comfort when this happens is you at least know your idea was in the right ballpark); and even if your idea is awesomely fantastic, it ll probably be rejected simply because there are more programmes pitched to commissioners than they have slots in their schedule to fill.. So why do people like me continue to develop and pitch ideas that we know are unlikely to ever be transmitted?.. Some might call it desperation.. And they could be right.. When the phone doesn t ring and there s bugger all work on the horizon it s often the only way of getting a gig if you re very lucky.. But there s also something hugely rewarding about guiding one of your own ideas from development through pitching and into production, and then finally seeing or hearing the finished product going out on air, knowing there are people all over the country watching or listening to something that many months ago was just a thought waiting to be committed to paper.. That s a feeling that takes some beating.. The accompanying cheques don t hurt either.. 16.. Gogglebox.. Simply The Best.. May 16, 2014.. People regularly approach me with ideas for television and radio programmes.. I encourage it as I know I haven t a monopoly on all the good ones sadly.. Some are rubbish, many are interesting and occasionally one is brilliant, both in its content and timing.. As a freelancer, as you can imagine, I’m constantly thinking about what makes a successful idea.. And in most cases, especially for long running formats, simplicity is the key.. If you can’t explain it in a very short paragraph – think of the sentence or two you’d have in TV listings – then the odds are stacked against you.. What holds true in politics is equally valid here: if you’re explaining, you’re losing.. I mean, who would have thought that watching people watching television would be such a hit? But not only is Channel 4’s.. (now on its third series) a ratings winner, making stars of some of its contributors along the way, now.. TV3 are about to make an Irish version.. Back in the autumn of 2002, with the war in Afghanistan ongoing and talk of an invasion of Iraq in the air, I began to look at the idea of a TV documentary series on the history of modern war journalism.. I was convinced, however, so straightforward was the concept that I’d quickly find it had already been made.. Thankfully I was wrong and a year later.. was in full production for Discovery.. I probably thought exactly the same in the early development stages of most of the ideas I eventually got commissioned.. The joy of.. is that very little could be simpler than placing cameras in people’s front rooms and recording their reactions and interactions as they enjoy – or otherwise – some of the previous week’s TV output.. Sure, it takes long and exhaustive casting to get the right mix of characters.. And rigging their houses with equipment is time-consuming, to say nothing of the logistics of getting everyone’s footage back to base quickly and the show turned around in time for transmission each week.. But at its heart is a simple idea well executed.. The fact that I’ve personally gone off it a little – the participants and their responses got a bit predictable after a while – is irrelevant; while I may no longer watch it very often, as I’ve said many times before when a flatmate’s glued to the likes of.. Strictly Come Dancing.. The Restaurant.. Come Dine With Me.. The Weakest Link.. Wife Swap.. The Genealogy Roadshow.. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.. , et al, damn, I wish *I’d* thought of that.. 08.. Mailchimp.. Tim Berners-Lee.. Hello, Good Evening And Welcome.. May 8, 2014.. Hey, there y are.. Glad you could drop by.. A mere 25 years after Tim Berners-Lee pressed go on the world wide web I ve finally got my patomahony.. ie ass in gear.. Finger on the pulse, that s me.. The aim is twofold.. The front end will hopefully be a calling card, a place where people whether in the business or not go to find out about my work.. If I m lucky I might even get the occasional gig from it.. The back end here will be a chance to provide behind-the-scenes updates on work, to throw my tuppence worth into the ring on whatever topics serious or otherwise take my fancy and to give a home to stuff that doesn t quite fit anywhere else like this.. Why I Love Mondays.. post I wrote in late 2012 for.. Prosperity.. Some postings will be media related, many won t.. Hopefully they ll all be of interest.. I ll try to post reasonably regularly but as I said to someone recently, it ll depend on time: the busier I am the less often I ll probably be able to blog on the other hand, of course, the busier I am the more I may actually have to blog about.. I m hoping I ll work it all out eventually.. Over there on the top right hand corner of the page is a mailing list you can join to keep updated on the chats though I ll understand if you feel life really is too short.. While your feedback and suggestions are always welcome, I can t guarantee all comments will get past the thick-skinned moderator; aim for wit, humour, honesty, intelligence and of course flattery and you re in with a half decent shout.. A big thank-you to those who cast a sneak-preview eye over the website over the last couple of weeks your feedback was most helpful well the bits I agreed with anyway.. Thanks too to Jim Daly of.. Glic IT.. whose web design skills and WordPress know-how made building this mother a whole lot less painful.. And special kudos to Sinead Ryan of.. Presence PR.. whose initial words of wisdom kick-started this great web-based project.. Ok, enough chit chat, let s get this show on the information superhighway.. Talk again soon, y all.. Sign up for Off Message musings.. Email Address.. *.. First Name.. Last Name.. * = required field.. unsubscribe from list.. Tweets by @patomahony1.. Search.. Search for:.. Recent Posts..

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  • Title: Reporters At War - Pat O'Mahony
    Descriptive info: Associate Producer/Originator (Feb 2003-Jan 2004): Emmy and Broadcasting Press Guild award-winning 4 x 60’ series on the history of war journalism with True Vision, London; tx Discovery UK Nov-Dec 2003, Discovery Times (US) Jan-Feb 2004.. Share on Tumblr.. Share:..

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  • Title: You Couldn't Make It Up - Pat O'Mahony
    Descriptive info: Producer/Presenter/Editor (Nov 2013-Feb 2014): 10 x 30’ weekly comedy news panel show, with Firebrand Productions, edited on Hindenburg for Newstalk FM, Dublin, tx Dec 2013-Feb-2014..

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  • Title: Sleep With Me - Pat O'Mahony
    Descriptive info: Producer-Director/Originator (May-Sept 2007): 1 x 30’ documentary on the sharing a bed for C4's First Cut strand with October Films, London; for C4, tx Nov 2007, and More4, tx Jul 2008..

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  • Title: Access All Areas - Pat O'Mahony
    Descriptive info: Producer/Presenter/Originator (Sep 1996-Mar 1998): 71 x 45’ series on the music industry with RTÉ Radio 1, Dublin..

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  • Title: Now That's What You Called News 11/10/09: Pat O'Mahony
    Descriptive info: Producer/Producer-Director/Originator (Sep-Dec 2009/2010/2011): 3 x 60’ internet search news-review programmes with Coco Television, Dublin, for RTÉ 1, tx Dec 2009/2010/2011..

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  • Title: The Forgotten Visit - Pat O'Mahony
    Descriptive info: Producer/Editor/Originator (Aug-Sep 2010): 1 x 40’ documentary, edited on Pro Tools with RTÉ Radio 1, Dublin, tx October 2010..

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  • Title: A Silver Lining - Pat O'Mahony
    Descriptive info: Producer/Editor/Originator (Aug-Nov 2012): GAA McNamee Award-winning, 1 x 40’ documentary on emigration and the Stockholm Gaels GAA club, edited on Pro Tools for RTÉ Radio 1, Dublin, tx Nov 2012..

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  • Title: Dave Fanning Show - Pat O'Mahony
    Descriptive info: Presenter (Jun 1990-Aug 1997): nightly music show for RTÉ 2fm, Dublin..

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  • Title: Head 2 Toe - Pat O'Mahony
    Descriptive info: Presenter (Aug 1989-Jun 1994): weekly 30' fashion magazine show with RTÉ 1, Dublin..

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