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C4 Paras PTS trainee works on BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

Let's start the year with a good news story. Back in December 2019 C4 Paras PTS trainee researcher, Scott Jones attended the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards after working on it for the past few months. Here he gives us a behind the scenes look at the evening... Sports Personality of the Year 2019 (SPOTY), a show that requires 3 months of intense work for a 2 hour long show and generates a UK viewing audience of over 8 million people. It is the longest running television sports award show in history. This year’s edition was the 66th edition, held for the first time in Aberdeen. A team of 20 core staff started in September and increased to 200+ during the final week to produce the latest edition of a popular BBC show... and I was part of this team from September.  BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards stage (BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2019 stage) SPOTY was the first show I have worked on in my TV production career. Although it was a stressful time, I loved every minute of it and would do it all over again. My role varied from arranging filming shoots, researching athlete and sporting results to finding archive footage and being the first point of contact to certain athletes and sports.  Scott Jones wearing a black suit sitting in his manual wheelchair and his assistance dog Uki, a black labrador, in standing on her hind legs next to Scott whilst he scratches her ear (My assistance dog Uki and I dressed up and ready for showtime) On the night of the show, I was chaperoning past and present athletes from their arrival to the arena until the main show was broadcast. I even managed to watch the show live from the arena which was unexpected but it was amazing to watch all of the team's hard work result in another success for the SPOTY team.  Image of audience with their backs to us all holding up their phones with Lewis Capaldi singing on stage in the far background of the image (Lewis Capaldi on stage) My highlight of the show was watching Lewis Capaldi sing ‘Someone You Loved’ during the obituary segment of the show, I was heavily involved in this section from the vast research of finding out which sporting figures had sadly passed away this year to finding pictures to use during the song.  In the future I hope to work on another project similar to SPOTY as it was a team I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of.  If you missed it, you can catch up on SPOTY here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00grqnh/bbc-sports-personality-of-the-year
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