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yourself, but how often are you sure you find the perfect match? Not often. Jay Hollisey, EF Travel Business Travel T alking to people in the broadcast industry, it is clear that travelling to shows, exhibitions or to visiting customers and suppliers is still part and parcel of the trade we are in. As the saying goes, people buy from people. And obviously it has its perks, including visiting places with slightly warmer climates than the freezing UK. But the biggest gripe I hear is how much time is wasted looking for the right hotel in the right location for the right price. Given the ability to book online you can do a lot of checking Dick Hibberd, Guild of Television Cameramen A credit to whom? J ust over 40 years ago I was involved in the formation of the Guild of Television Cameramen as an independent non-profit-making international organisation that cares about television camerawork and the people who make it their craft. The GTC today has over 1,000 members, in the UK, Europe, Australia, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. The majority work in aspects of television ranging from production through documentary and drama, news and current affairs, sports and light entertainment, to corporate video. Television cameramen are masters of an invisible art so perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us that we often receive no credit for our craft. If the camera-work 46 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE The same applies to flights. You can find cheap deals online, certainly, but will they give you the flexibility you need for those times when travel plans change? That is why EF Travel was set up in 2002, specialising in the broadcast and communications industries, and focusing on shows like IBC, NAB, Cabsat, Broadcast Asia and the rest. What separates EF Travel from your favourite online or indeed conventional booker is that we know what you need in business travel, and we know the areas like the back of our hand. We book a huge number of flights and rooms for the big shows, so we get a good price which we pass on to our clients. We also build up a relationship with our suppliers which means we can often help when disaster strikes. If your plans change last minute, or you arrive late at the airport because of a is transparent enough not to distract from the production, why single it out for a credit? British television cameramen/cinematographers have set a high standard for the world through their craft in production studios and on location. When the GTC was founded, the news that British cameramen frequently received no mention in the closing credits was greeted with hilarity by broadcasters overseas where such credits were, and still are, normally listed in full at the end of a television programme. The GTC has made some progress in persuading British broadcasters to include cameramen in the credit lists but sadly the BBC is still a major defaulter. Two recent sports outside broadcasts by the BBC omitted any credit to the camera crew. I wrote some time ago to the Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, asking why cameramen credits on the ‘Richard Dimbleby Lecture’ were omitted whilst all other members of the production team were shown. A simple question, and one asked with a reason. How do you recommend the cameramen for a craft award, if they, taxi driver taking the scenic route – it happens – we can help. My colleague Sarah and I personally attend all the big shows, and are on hand to discuss last minute changes to plans and to effect the odd rescue. It means you get to concentrate on business while we sort out the travel stuff: you do what you are good at; we do what we are good at. So what is there to lose: let us take care of flights, hotels, transfers, events and receptions. We can probably save you money overall, and we can certainly take away the stress. We already do it for many of the major players and smaller companies, year after year. It is not too late to talk to us about IBC so give us a call, or meet us in Amsterdam to talk about how we can help you in the future. Our business is all about getting you to where you can do business. To find out more go to: www.ef-travel.co.uk unlike the remainder of the production team, are not identified? Mark Thompson forwarded my letter to the complaints department in Glasgow, with whom I exchanged three letters. The final response from that department was that “it would be wasting too much of the Licence Fee payers’ money” to find an answer to my question. I asked a number of supplementary questions but there was no further correspondence from that department. With the current practice of squeezing end credits in order to promote forthcoming programmes, it is often almost impossible to identify members of the production team. A notable exception is the David Attenborough wildlife films where television cameramen are not only credited but actually seen at work. If your patience is strong and your eyesight very keen, you will still be able to note the omission of credits for television cameramen on many programmes, particularly those of Britain’s licence-funded broadcaster.