Tuesday 11th July saw a visit to RAF Coningsby’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.  His visit marked the 60th anniversary of the ‘BBMF’, and he was joined by veterans from the Second World War and their families to enjoy a spectacular flying display from the station’s aircraft.  Prince William is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby and is believed to take a keen interest in the BBMF and it’s aircraft, following his time spent in Lincolnshire during his early officer training in the RAF.

ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar, along with our cameraman Simon White, went along to film the event and interview veterans and guests who joined the celebrations:

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We’re delighted to announce that Simon has won the highly coveted ITV News camera operator of the year, bronze award, for his work in 2016.  Camera operators from across the ITV regions were nominated, with just three winners receiving prizes during the ITV News awards ceremony on 8th July at London’s South Bank.  The judges complimented Simon on his varied showreel which featured material shot throughout the UK and across Europe.

It was a big night for all the ITV Yorkshire team, with several awards successes including two for Producer Mark Witty (pictured with Simon) and team including recognition for their coverage of the Ben Needham case.



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Primetime camera, Simon White, joined the ITV Yorkshire team to make history this weekend when ITV’s Calendar and BBC Look North joined forces to co-present their shows during the Great Get Together weekend, on the anniversary of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.  The weekend was planned by Jo’s husband Brendan Cox, who welcomed the initiative of the joint programmes which saw Christine Talbot lead with BBC’s Harry Gration, the first time in Calendar’s 49 year history.

“Jo was a big fan of both Look North and Calendar. You might say she had to be as an MP in the region! But she knew about the importance of communication and your programmes have been keeping Yorkshire informed for almost half a century. That you should come together in this way is very heart warming.” Brendan Cox [from ITV source]

The programmes were beamed live from Birstall Market Place, where one of the lead events was taking place.  June 16th will be one year to the day since Jo’s murder, and over 100,000 events are planned for the weekend 16-18th June, many of which are taking place within her home constituency of Batley and Spen.

To find out more about this event please visit the ITV Yorkshire website.

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Joanna White with her class, and instructor

Primetime’s Joanna White has been awarded 100% in her SUAV drone operators license training this week, only one of small handful to do so with Rusta at Lincoln.  This fulfils the first of three qualifying tasks, with the generation of an operators manual next and a final flight test at the old RAF Swinderby.

Joanna said: “Taking the theoretical examination and studying towards this pass has really opened my eyes to the complexities of owning and operating drones commercially.  As a private pilot I have often considered UAVs as a dangerous hazard to low flying light or military aircraft – so participating in this course has been reassuring.  I think in the long run I’d be happier if these safety courses were compulsory for all drone owner/operators so we can avoid many of the dangerous incidents regularly reported on national news.  I’m very excited to be taking this course, and naturally delighted to have scored 100% in my exam – though pressures on to make sure the rest of my submissions and flight test are equally to that standard.”

Once completed Primetime Media will be able to offer commercial drone video and surveillance operations to our clients at very competitive rates, so please do get in touch to discuss the possibilities with Joanna.

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