Jon Mitchel sporting our minicam head mount

Primetime Media’s minicameras have been used for an unusual shoot in Britain’s largest cavern – ‘Gaping Gill’ at Ingleborough.  ITV Yorkshire have recorded a special feature with weatherman Jon Mitchel lowering him into the cavern wearing Primetime’s specially created head mounted camera, light and microphone – capturing all his reactions during his descent. Jon was enclosed in a wire cage just big enough to fit him in, and lowered on a cable 100 metres through a waterfall to the bottom of the cave.

Producer Charlie extracting the video from our minicamera

Gaping Gill is one of Britain’s longest and most complex cave systems and it’s open for a few weeks a year under the supervision of The Bradford Pot Hole Club, who welcomed the ITV team.  Cameraman Simon White was unfazed by the descent and filming in the caves – but was more daunted by the 2 hour walk from the car park to the cave carrying his equipment.

Jon and Simon hiking for 2 hours to and from the cave

Simon said “It was a good day, and very interesting. It’s not every day you get to witness one of nature’s hidden gems. But next time I’d like to be airlifted in – to avoid the long hike there and back!”


The feature will be aired on ITV’s Calendar on the 4th August, 2011 at 6pm. To find out more about Gaping Gill visit their website.

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Gwyneth Paltrow at the Chelsea Flower Show

Cameraman Simon White has been back to Chelsea Flower Show with ITV presenter John Shires to record the finished gardens from our region.  Calendar’s team went to visit on the Press Preview day amongst many visiting celebrities – capturing Gwyneth Paltrow, Alex Kingston and Charlie Dimmock.

An estimated 157,000 visitors attended the show and now it’s over the awards have been announced.

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'The Art of Yorkshire' garden

Gold medals have been given to Leeds City Council’s Hesco Garden and Jamie Dunstan’s Winds of Change. A Silver Gilt was awarded to the Doncaster Deaf Trust for their Sensory Garden, and Silver went to Welcome to Yorkshire’s The Art of Yorkshire garden.

You can find out more from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show website and see more Calendar stories at ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar.


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John Shires amidst the building sites of Chelsea

The Yorkshire region is being soundly represented at the Chelsea Flower show this year with four gardens by designers from that region.  ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar have been visiting the show to meet those creating their masterpieces, and Primetime Media’s cameraman Simon White has been recording the building teams at work.

Presenter John Shires has met with each of the representatives from Calendar’s region – starting with the ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ garden he spoke with the contractors laying the york stone walling, and talked to Kate Dundas about the difficulties of realising her design.

Designer Jamie Dunstan wishing the winds would change

Jamie Dunstan is the Rotherham based designer of the Urban Show Garden. Entitled ‘Winds of Change’ the structure of his garden is together already but he’s having problems with cement dust from neighbouring creations.

Leeds City Council have a mountain to climb, last year winning their first ever gold medal for a design centred around a pair of loch gates.

Builders creating 'Welcome to Yorkshire' garden

This year an ambitious working water wheel has been erected and their hopes are high to repeat their success.

We look forward to returning in a week and visiting the finished sites. To see more of the gardens up close visit the Chelsea Flower Show website. For more details about Calendar please visit the ITV Yorkshire website.

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It was a proud day for Rotherham’s World Cup Referee, Howard Webb, yesterday as he received an MBE at Buckingham Palace.  He was awarded his ‘gong’ in the New Year’s Honours List and claims to have been more nervous collecting this trophy than at any other time during his career.

ITV Yorkshire’s John Shires accompanied Primetime Media Cameraman Simon White to Buckingham Palace to record the big day for Calendar News.

During an interview Mr Webb commented “This really rounds thing off so nicely.. it’s a wonderful, wonderful culmination of the last year”. When asked what Prince Charles said to him he replied “He said he thought it was nice refereeing had been recognised, he acknowledged the difficult and important job that we do, and he thought it was nice we had some representation in the World Cup Final so he knows a bit about football.”

Not bad for a lad from Rotherham who was told by his Dad after his first game not to bother again!  Thankfully he didn’t listen and his father is now one of his greatest supporters.  There’s no time to rest though, he’s back to work this weekend with Liverpool versus Spurs in the Premier League on Sunday.

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It was a sad day at Sincil Bank yesterday as Lincoln City lost to Aldershot Town 3-0, condemning them to relegation.  It was the eighth defeat out of the last nine games, prompting manager Steve Tilson to state “We simply weren’t good enough.”

This means Primetime Media’s coverage of the fortnightly home game at Lincoln City has come to an end.  It’s a sad day for cameraman Simon White who has been a steady feature at the grounds for nearly 20 years!  But who knows he could be back in three years time if Lincoln City manage to return to the Football League.

We would like to wish Lincoln City lots of luck for next season.

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Last night was a very special evening for one young lady from Doncaster. Twelve year old Aimee Dempsey was named Child of Courage at the Pride of Britain awards in London, and cameraman Simon White of Primetime Media was there to film it for ITV Yorkshire.

The many celebrity guests included X-Factor’s Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Danny Minogue, comedian Michael McIntrye, musicians Pixie Lott, Dizzie Rascal and Tom Jones – all present to highlight the great achievements made by these special children and young adults.

Simon joined the rest of the UK press on the red carpet and during the press conferences – interviewing many celebrities plus Yorkshire and Lincolnshire’s brave and courageous youngsters.

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