Musings and the media

It’s been a busy couple of days for me with respect to the media. On Tuesday morning I was doing a very short radio spot for BBC Radio Bristol on Bentonyx. The combination of a former Bristol student naming a Bristol held specimen after a Bristol professor was rather too much for them and so I got to add another 2 minutes of fame towards my 15. If you are desperate to hear more of my ‘dulcet’ tones (after this and this) then you can hear it again here for the next week (it starts at 2hr 25mins).

And far more excitingly, I was on the Daily Planet show on the Discovery Channel in North America. You can see this here for, I hope, a few days at least. This focuses on the UV work that I’ve been doing with Helmut Tischlinger at the IVPP and there’s a great chance to see some fossils in UV. It was damned hard work and it’s amazing how little you get out of 2 days solid filming (just a 5+ minute slot). The experience is probably worth a post on it’s own but here at least are a couple of photos from it. Overall I’m really quite pleased and I’m certainly impressed with how it was put together and the way in which they got the main points over to a lay audience.

With radio and TV covered that really leaves just the traditional print media and that should be covered by story number 3 depending on quite when the next paper goes to print. I’m told it might be this week but no confirmation yet. That’s all the hint you’re getting for now, as ever, watch this space.

7 Responses to “Musings and the media”


  1. 1 mattvr 19/01/2011 at 9:58 am

    Nice one Dave!
    You’re only one celebrity level away from being mocked by Ricky Gervais!

    • 2 Mark Robinson 19/01/2011 at 4:24 pm

      The only thing worse than being mocked by Ricky is not being mocked by Ricky!

      Good stuff Dave and a pleasant surprise to see that they didn’t muck it up. Maybe it’s because they let you and Helmut do most of the talking.

      • 3 David Hone 19/01/2011 at 4:27 pm

        The consensus forming from colleagues who have worked with Daily Planet before is that they are simply good. Which is especially nice given what often happens to dinosaur shows on Discovery….

  2. 4 Oliver Humpage 19/01/2011 at 1:38 pm

    Watching the Daily Planet piece I kept expecting them to get a creationist in to provide “balance”, but no, they stuck to proper reporting. Truly good TV.

    Bentonyx, however, sounds like a cough syrup🙂

    • 5 David Hone 19/01/2011 at 1:51 pm

      Well they are pretty good on that front. Though I *did* expect them to slip up somewhere. When filming we were going rapidly between dinosaurs, birds, pterosaurs and lizards and they intercut German stuff as well and got all of it dead right.

      And yes, it does sound like a cough medicine.

  3. 6 Kurt Kohler 19/01/2011 at 11:11 pm

    I know it’s usually the other way around, but I’m still disappointed the show is on Discovery Channel *Canada* and not the US version. Maybe it will show up eventually.


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