I was on the news this week. Since I became a stay-at-home dad three years ago, I’ve often been used as a case study by friends of mine in the media, to illustrate all kinds of stories. On Monday it was an old colleague who now works at ITV, keen to get my views about the latest changes to parental leave for Daybreak.
The slightly odd thing about the experience was that, while one video journalist came round and did the usual interview and filming-of-my-daughter-looking-cute on Monday afternoon, it ended up being used four times by ITV the following day, in four different packages, voiced by four different reporters (none of whom was the one who actually did the filming). It went out in the Daybreak Newshour, then again in Daybreak proper as a lead-in to their interview with Nick Clegg, who was announcing the policy (I taped the show and watched it later, I may have a young toddler, but even I’m rarely up at 6am unless I have to be).
A flurry of texts and tweets told me I was on again in some other report during the ITV Lunchtime News, then more messages alerted me to the fact that an extended piece based around my interview had gone out in Granada Reports. I caught it on ITV+1 (watch it here), and was most amused by the use of my wedding photo, rather as though we’d been killed in some hideous accident. It also featured my daughter eating a sandwich in a surprising amount of detail, but perhaps Granada was a bit light for material on Tuesday evening.