Hello again. This forum is for fans and admirers of David and his work. And discussions around the news that he reports.
Right now I am in the Pays Basque so am Sky-less, so any news of the one and only Mr Chater would be appreciated.
For first time visitors, the forum archives have a lot on the old DC forum, some of it good and some of it daft…
Is David nominated for any awards (RTS etc) and if not, why not – who the hell are the judges?!
No RTS nominations for David this year. Sky’s Royal Television Society nominations this year are;
Innovation – ‘reporting the courts’ (that’s their re-enactment stuff)
News Event – ‘war in Iraq’
Specialist Journalism – Tim Marshall (waits for eagleeye to vent her spleen… )
And also there’s the News Channel of the Year award, which Sky have held for the past two years.
Full list of nominations is avaliable here;
I don’t have that much to say as I’m pretty speechless, Skybaby. It was predictable. Specialist journalism and intl journalist of the year categories – nothing. Rageh Omaar will win for his photogenic war coverage and immense journalistic effort writing his book (part 1) for the rest of the year….. All BBC and a few ITV and nothing for Emma Hurd or Stuart Ramsay either. Total farce. My sympathies not only to David – who probably isn’t exactly falling over with surprise, but has to be disappointed after all the immense, superb effort he put in – and to all those deserving non BBC /C4 journalists who’ve lost out yet again, for the crime of not working for politically correct ‘mediaaa’ channels.
Btw Omaar irritates me far more than Tim M ever could… At least Tim doesn’t have a celebrity agent etc etc after covering just one conflict. (what’s happened to that green puke emoticon?!)
He is clearly a far better journalist than media-party networker. Having said that, I’d like to add my note of disappointment regarding no personal awards as nobody deserves a bauble more than the ever excellent Mr Chater and if he didn’t win for his work last year, well what’s a man to do!
I also have not seen him since his stint in Saudi Arabia covering the hajj although I don’t watch that much. Is he perhaps away?
he has done a report on asylum today
It’s difficult being eyeless and Skyless so thanks for the update.
DC was just on ‘All New Naughtiest Blunders 10’ it was the live he was doing when the Troops took Baghdad.
A few Iraqi’s were holding up a sign saying go back you U.S wankers and DC started reading most of it, but didn’t finish.
Now I’m really p**sed off that I’m Skyless. Any way you can get that footage on to this website?
I could really use a good laugh. It sounds great.
I remember watching it live and my fella and i laughed our arses off. I’d love to see it again you should try to get it in the video section johnnie.
Everyone else’s birthday cakes are on the forums….I think that David’s birthday is soon (March??) as according to Sky PR he turned 50 in Baghdad (lucky lad eh? ), I think before the bombs started falling….hope it’s less stressful this time around, but what date is it?
I think the press release last year was around mid march ie that DC had turned 50 in the “romantic” Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, but I stand to be corrected. Doesn’t Johnnie know?
I know he will be 51 this month – but thats it.
He did a package about Police numbers today. (not in vision)
Its a shame they didn’t send DC down to Haiti to cover the current affair in the country.
David always sounds out of place when he is covering a domestic story. its like Michael Wilson doing the sport.
Although Andrew Wilson seem to be enjoying himself in Haiti. Andrew has been covering domestic stories for about a year now.
I was reading Salam Pax’s blog on http://www.dear_raed.com and he spoke of this week being the first time in 25 years that Shia muslims in Iraq are able to celebrate the murder of the Prophet Muhammad’s descendant, Ali al-Hussein and his followers in Karbala (an abbreviated version of the story is well written on the website; this historical episode details the origins of the Shia/Sunni schism). David covered the Kurdish Iraqis going on hajj for the first time in decades recently. I thought that it would be really good if he were sent there to cover this particular week, although sadly as soon as I read Salam Pax’s blog I thought “oh no, there will be more suicide bombs”. Today’s news is totally dreadful.
I watched the report about Al Qaeda/Jordanians/Saudi/whichever fanatic suicide bombers killing over 100 people in Karbala and Baghdad on french TV news. I hope that Sky didn’t just “Fox” this one. David would be the right person to cover this Shia commemoration as not only is he a great reporter but has immense cultural sensitivity and respect for others’ beliefs.
On a happier note, I hope that if his birthday is soon that he will have a really good one to make up for last year’s one.
Tim Marshall did the main package, also was on the Wall with JT. Joined Julie in the studio on ‘today’.
Sky did a live with a Sky Producer this morning and have been doing a live with a Fox correspondent during the rest of the day.
Unbelievable! You’re telling me that David was doing a ‘police numbers story’ while the Shia commemoration and bombs are going off in Iraq…and Tim Marshall is the ‘resident expert’ in the studio????
If I can use a rude word, I honestly think David should just bugger off and rejoin ITN where he may get more appreciation for heaven’s sake. He’s the only reporter at Sky who really knows Iraq. You have to GO somewhere regularly (as he has done, for years) to really know the implications and nuances of a country & its people; you can’t just read the wires. I’m glad that I didn’t have Sky today. Might have thrown a two day old baguette at the screen. (those things are WMDs after a day or so)
Breaking News 6 March: Baguette update: I can’t chew as I mangled my jaw muscle trying to eat a one day old baguette, so they got their revenge for having their reputation so impugned.
Come on someone who works at Sky – tell us when in March Monsieur Chater turns 51 so we can send him a razzy message.
this is good, especially at the moment re the Kerbala commemoration of Ashura – for those interested in Iraq.
March 8th: did Sky cover the Iraqi Constitution signing today or was it Foxed?
Dc’s in Madrid.
Just tuned in and David is in Madrid reporting in his usual to the point way.
He tells you how it is and a couple of times he’s made me wince with his words. He’s been at the site of the explosion getting down to the nitty gritty of it all. His report is being shown throughout the night and his hair is still long.
What’s the French reporting of Madrid like Eagleeye? Alot of speculation is going on over this neck of the woods about who’s behind the explosions which i find irritating.
I wish that I could see Sky’s coverage, Ed, as there is a lot on Spanish TV but I am completely ignorant of their language. French TV has just carried the story on the news about the Spanish Minister of the Interior saying that it’s probably ETA but they must exercise caution because of the arabic religious tape that was found near the scene. French TV just has bulletins though so they soon move on to other rubbish.
Basque TV has a black ribbon in the top corner of the screen. Thousands of Basques are assembling in the streets (in Spain) in a silent protest. I am sure that you can see that on Sky. Here in France there was a short statement from the Basque party in Bayonne calling the attack a “massacre” and expressing sympathy with the victims and their families. However I am living in a supposedly Basque town and didn’t know anything until I turned on the news, but it IS all over the French TV news bulletins. I hope that people don’t turn on the ordinary Basque people.
More people have died than in any attack since the Civil War it says. Yes, there’s also a lot of speculation about whether it’s ETA, Al Qaeda or some appalling combination. The coverage isn’t at all as comprehensive or sensitively handled as it would be on Sky News (on French TV; I can’t speak for Spanish TV, who are talking to a lot of the poor ordinary people caught up in this terrible act). They are also showing the coverage in clips from Britain, but are using BBC News 24’s coverage. Thank you for keeping me updated on this terrible day.
David’s commentary was very intense, I agree with Ed. Much better than Colin Brazier who is a bit bland. DC’s the only one who really shows that he cares but it must be terrible being a witness to those type of scenes no matter how often you’ve seen that kind of thing. I just caught a glimpse on a friend’s TV. Is he still reporting on the demonstrations or have they sent him and JT etc home now?
I guess they are all back in London now? I theeenk Monsieur Chater’s birthday is either today or around now, so…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID!!! 51 YRS YOUNG (I hear the hair’s long: good lad!!). Many happy returns and may this year bring you lots of what you want and much success and happiness
David is on his way to Iraq tonight. He is in the Middle East tonight, presumably in Jordan as he is to cross into Iraq tomorrow to report on how the country is recovering one year on. He was talking to JT on the phone about the bomb in Baghdad tonight.
Thanks for the info Phil. I just hope and pray that he and his crew can stay safe as it is likely to be very violent there as the “one year anniversary” of the war approaches, both on the roads and in Baghdad and the other cities and towns. I’m really sorry not to be able to see his reports so please keep me posted. Thank you!
Hope he hasn’t gone in for too long this time.