Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Why do ITV4 have Afcon rights?

Someone needs to explain to me why ITV4 and not BBC3 have Afcon rights for UK television. ITV4 runs 24 hours a day, from what I know, as opposed to BBC3 (who had the rights last time) who only run from 7pm - 7am. Ok so that's a point for ITV4, but then you look at the schedule they're giving Afcon and it makes you think? What's the point?

ITV4 are hosting an end of day match highlights programme at 10pm in the evening. Kinda like MOTD but for Afcon. You would think that if I put it like that, it ain't so bad. But it's about knowing your audience. Africans, when watching African football want to watch the actual match and considering that's what BBC provided last time round, I would expect no less than that!

If ITV4 are not committed to that type of service - live matches straight from the continent - then they shouldn't bid for the rights again. Until then guys, if you want to watch the matches live and you aren't lucky enough to be in the continent to watch it on DSTV or something, there are many sites, that show the matches live, streaming Eurosport. Happy AFCON! Come on the Black Stars!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

What do you do with a mentor?

I've been blessed with mentor from Google. It was under the Google Top Black Talent programme which is hoping to help Black students in the UK to make the most of life and become the best that they can be. I'm really happy that I've been given a mentor and to be honest they couldn't have chosen a better person, he's from my part of London, went to a school near mine, then went on to my university to study a course very similar to my own. So now I've got the perfect mentor which is what all these make-the-most-of-mentoring websites say is key. 

But the problem is, I don't know what do from here. I'm not one for asking questions. I've always been asked the questions. It has always been assumed that I know all that I need to know and anything I don't know has also been assumed and imparted to me without me asking. In fact my dad used to pull his hair out telling me that when I need help I should just ask. My usual response was "I don't need help, and I'd rather struggle and get there than ask someone and get there quicker but without my input." Now it seems getting a mentor is the fashion of success and I have to set the agenda and make sure we talk and all the rest, but I don't have a schedule in mind, I don't know anymore what I'm to expect from this. What should I ask to get the most out of this? 

Advice below, is welcome. I'll keep you updated about the progress my mentor and I make. Til next time, world...