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Haile Gebrselassie- The Fastest Marathon Runner On The Planet!

Posted in Claire Burgess, Dubai, Dubai Eye, Dubai Today, Media, Radio, Sport by Claire Burgess on January 15, 2009

Halie crossing the line in The Dubai Marathon 2008

So my time in Dubai is flying by. I am now producing a daily current affairs programme for Dubai Today and yesterday managed to get a big interview for the station. Not bad considering it is only my first full week in the job. We interviewed Haile Gebrselassie ahead of the Dubai Marathon this weekend.

Since working here I have had to speak to 100’s of PR people and marketing folk in order to get interviews with even the smallest organisation and so I was really surprized when I managed to get a phone number for Haile and he answered the call himself! He was one of the nicest guests I have ever had on a show and was as lovely off air as he sounds on it.

Listen to the interview here:

Haile Gebrselassie Interview

Haile won the Dubai Marathon last year and holds the world record for the marathon after running it in 2hrs3minutes and 59 seconds in Berlin in 2008. Tomorrow he will be hoping to break the record if only for the extra $1million prize money. Not bad concidering his Dad once thought his running was a waste of time. GOOD LUCK HAILE! YOU CAN DO IT!

UPDATE : Haile did win the Dubai Marathon 2009 with a time of 2h:05m:29s. Due to wet conditions he didn’t manage to break his record but still managed the 8th fasted time in the world.

The Worst Ever Radio Interview?

Posted in BBC, Claire Burgess, Media, Radio by Claire Burgess on October 3, 2008

Have a listen to this interview of Hardeep Singh Kohli which went out on Les Ross’s show on BBC WM last week. Listen here

I have heard some very poor interviews in the past but what makes this even worse and more surprising is that I have now been told it was a pre-recorded interview but was left to go out on air even though it was appalling.