Noddy (TV technical interview)

Noddy headshots or noddies are a type of camera shot in interviews or interviews. The noddies consist of nods and other similar “listening gestures” made by the interviewer. If only one camera is available at the interview site, then these shots are recorded after the interview takes place. The shots are spliced ​​into the interview during the editing process. This technical editing is universally “read” by audiences as expressing realism and therefore creates the illusion of a seamless dialogue in the interview.

The earliest use of the term recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary dates from 1982. [1] It was explained by John Fiske in 1987: “The camera is then turned over to the interviewer. of “noddies,” that is, reaction shots, nods, smiles, or expressions of sympathetic listening. “The” noddy “, the visuals would show an obvious” jump ” “that would reveal the edit.” [2]

Controversial use

In the United Kingdom, the term came to public prominence in 2007 when it was revealed that a BBC program inserted noddies featuring the senior broadcaster Alan Yentob into interviews that he did not conduct, creating the impression that he had been present. [3] This controversy, which was covered in many newspapers as Noddygate , came at a time when the BBC was already under scrutiny for falsifying certain aspects of entertainment shows for editorial reasons.

See also

  • Cutaway (filmmaking)


  • Dowell, Ben (2007-09-07). “Yentob in ‘noddy’ controversy ‘ . The Guardian . London . Retrieved 2008-03-23 .
  • Fiske, John (1987). Television Culture . Studies in Communication. London: Methuen. ISBN  0416924301 .
  • Morgan, Christopher; Gadher, Dipesh (2007-09-02). “Goodbye old noddies, hello trick-free TV” . The Times . London . Retrieved 2008-03-23 . (subscription required)


  1. Jump up^ “noddy, n . 6 ” . Oxford English Dictionary (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2012.(subscription required)
  2. Jump up^ Fiske 1987, p. 29.
  3. Jump up^