A ROVING TV cameraman from Hartlepool will be at the centre of all the drama and excitement surrounding the Olympic Games.
Freelance cameraman Stephen Emerson will cover the biggest sporting event Britain has seen for more than 60 years.
Stephen, 46, from the Wooler Road area of Hartlepool, will be in the thick of the action as he film news reports around the games for the BBC.
Despite the prospect of exhausting 12-hour shifts for 30 days of the Olympics, Stephen said he is looking forward to the occasion.
He said: “I will be part of a roving news team reacting to stories as and when they happen around the Olympics.
“It could be a gold medal winner, or not so good news like a drug test failure.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It should be a challenge and will be long days.
“Hopefully, it will put London and Britain in a good light to show the rest of the world.”
Stephen, who sends most of his time in London due to work, got in some practice for the Olympics last summer by filming test events at the impressive Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.
The games take place from July 27 to August 12 at venues around the capital including the new Olympic Stadium, Wimbledon and Horse Guards Parade where beach volleyball will be held.
Stephen will return to the venues in September when he will cover the Paralympics for French TV station TF1.
Last year he captured the build up to the Royal Wedding also for the BBC’s breakfast show.
Stephen, a member of Hartlepool Camera Club, said: “It was great and the atmosphere was fantastic.
“I stayed on during the day to watch the procession and was at Canada Gate when the carriage came past.”
He was also behind the camera when Gordon Brown walked out of Downing Street after the 2010 General Election.
Before that Stephen travelled the world filming resorts and hotels for the Thomas Cook cable channel.
He originally joined Tyne Tees television around 10 years ago and soon afterwards went to ITN in London.