Ceremonials/OB & Sports Commentary

  • by WABMA
  • Course level: Intermediate
  • Duration 48h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update May 22, 2020

About Course

This course is aimed at anyone who needs to acquire commentating skills – from preparation to delivery – of ceremonial events and outside broadcast, sports commentary, and events commentary; also, established commentators who need to refresh their knowledge & skills; documentary producers who do narration; producers who do some commentary; and radio, TV and online podcast producers who do some commentary.


There will be theory and practical sessions.

Participants will end up producing and packaging a ceremonial (such as a school’s convocation) or off tube commentary of a sporting event (such as a football match), which shows a greater understanding of their craft and improvement of their commentary skills.

Duration:  2 Days


What Will I Learn?

  • Have a better understanding of the real objectives of ceremonials and sports commentaries
  • Be able to prepare for commentary more effectively with the tools to develop their own system of notes
  • Be able to create their own commentary style and feel more confident in delivering effective storytelling commentary

Topics for this course

13 Lessons48h

Ceremonials vs. Sports Commentary

Historical Developments Of This Field

Worldwide Commentary Styles

Objective(s) Of Commentary – Enhancing Viewer Experience

Planning And Preparation

Tools for Ceremonials & Commentary

Language and Reporting Styles

OB Depth

OB Intelligence

Pricing Matrix & Budgeting

Fieldwork Exercise

About the instructors

Richard Asiegbu

Former D.G., Imo Broadcasting

          Former Director General Imo Broadcasting Corporation; Former Deputy Director and Head, Network Sports, FRCN Headquarters, Abuja.

          A graduate of the Institute of Journalism, Berkshire, England, he has had extensive professional training in News, Production, Presentation and Management. Was Africa Regional Correspondent for the Voice of America (VOA) from 1989 to 1999.

          Won numerous awards, including, Enugu/Anambra Sports Writer of the year, 1991. Nigeria's sports Writer of the year 1992; Rotary club of New Haven Vocational Service Award, 1998 and Nigeria’s National Sports Merit Award, 2003.

          An accomplished sports and ceremonial commentator, he has led Radio Nigeria's coverage team to numerous continental and global events, including, the USA’94 FIFA World Cup; France ‘98 FIFA World Cup; 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games in England; 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup; Tunisia 2004, Africa Nations Cup; Athens 2004 Olympic Games in Greece and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in China, to mention just a few.

          Mr. Asiegbu is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration and an Alumnus of the International Media Training Centre, Washington DC, USA.

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Target Audience

  • Mass Communication students
  • Broadcast Journalists
  • Anyone who wants to acquire commentating skills
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