Liam Rudden: No hiding place in front of cameras

TV camera. Pic: Comp
TV camera. Pic: Comp
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IT’S been a long time since I presented to camera; making sure the mic cable is hidden and the angle just right to hide the additional chins I seem to have collected over the years.

Well, everyone has some degree of vanity, whether they admit it or not.

That’s the great thing about radio - no-one knows what you look like. You could be sitting there an unshaven wreck from the night before (been there, done that), but as long as you sound together, in the eyes (or should that be ears) of the listener, you are.

That said, with so many radio shows now accompanied by online podcasts via these tiny little cameras that open the hitherto secret world of the studio to public scrutiny, all that is changing too.

Which is a shame. One of the great delights of radio has always been creating a mental image to go with the disembodied voice... only to later discover the real deal is very different. Take Radio 4’s Alice Arnold, for example. In my head she was a brunette... until I stumbled across her picture during a Google search the other day.

Of course, there have always been presenters who have broken the golden rule of facelessness. People like Terry Wogan, Noel Edmonds and the Capital’s own Grant Stott, who has become so well known through his ‘Lothian’ ads he’s as well kent now as the ‘puss on the bus’ as he is a voice on the airwaves.

Luckily, Grant will no doubt find that instant recognition handy as he launches his acting career - see him, alongside panto pal Andy Gray, in the extended version of Philip Meek’s Fringe sell-out Kiss Me Honey, Honey, at the King’s Theatre next week.

But back to presenting to camera. From tomorrow you’ll find yours truly doing just that, bringing weekly updates about the best nights out that Edinburgh theatre-land has to offer.

Just check www.edinburghnews.com every Thursday.