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Inside the world of dubbing mixer David Drake

David Drake

Not many people know what a dubbing mixer is. 

David Drake wants to change that, having worked on shows like Fleabag, The Bay and The End of the F***ing World.

There are a few key roles in a sound team: the dialogue editor effects editor, foley artist, composer and dubbing mixer. 

“A dubbing mixer is someone who takes all those elements, the dialogue, effects, music, then mixes, processes and treats them so you end up with a finished soundtrack,” Drake explains.

Deborah Turness on her return to UK news

Deborah Turness greets me in the top-floor café of NBCUniversal’s UK HQ, which looks out over London’s rooftops. This is appropriate as NBC News took a 25% stake in Euro­news in February in order to “change the landscape of international news”, as Turness’s boss, Andrew Lack, put it.

He said that, for years, NBC News had “wanted to establish a global reach”, and Turness was moving from being President of NBC News to do just that – to become the first President of NBC News International and oversee content for the new Euronews NBC.

Inside Sky's Election Campaign: What is Sky 250? with Valerie Hamill

The project puts the broadcaster live at 250 declarations across the country, from Witney to the Western Isles, and from Hastings to Hartlepool.

Sky 250 builds on Sky’s world record-breaking coverage of the 2015 election, which put them at 150 declarations. That project took over a year to organise, this time they had just seven weeks to do it all again – but bigger.

Overseeing the organisation of the Sky 250 project is Valerie Hamill, who has been tasked with recruiting over 300 personnel, organising the tech and liaising with 150 count locations.

Newsnight's Emily Maitlis remembers the Trump campaign trail

“I remember on the day of the [Trump] election thinking there is not a news organisation, or periodical that won’t be covering this on the front page.”

The RTS Network Presenter of the Year nominee has spent the year hot-footing it across America in pursuit of the new president.

“I didn’t call it for Trump,” she confesses. “I started in Texas following Ted Cruz. I went down to Florida, I followed Marco Rubio. I knew each of the candidates before we got to Trump.”

Victoria Derbyshire: the reluctant interviewee

That was fewer than five months after her show, BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire first took to the air.

Throughout her illness Derbyshire made the decision to document her treatment on camera. “I didn’t know what chemo[therapy] was. I didn’t know what radiotherapy was. I didn’t know what a mastectomy was. It seemed like a good opportunity to document it in a sensible, moderate way.”

The response has been exceptional. “Thousands of people got in touch to tell me that it affected them in really good ways. They said it gave them courage.”

Top Gear to return in March

The series is back with Matt le Blanc, Rory Reid and Chris Harris forming the main line up.

Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan also make a return in the series in supporting roles, Rory Reid revealed in an exclusive interview with the RTS.

The new series, he says, is “going back to what Top Gear was very well known for – wacky ideas, big ambitious projects, things that are scary to look at and dangerous to take part in.”