BEHIND THE SCENES – GIGI SALMON
During the last few seasons the Chelsea FC media vehicle has quickly grown into a very dependable world-wide medium for delivering news and reaction to the footballing side of things. Last season we conducted a couple of interviews with two people who are the forefront of Chelsea media, Catherine Quested from Chelsea TV and Gary Taphouse from Big Blue. The following is from another CTV presenter, Gigi Salmon. Look out for more of these “Behind the Scenes” interviews soon.
Gigi, what do you do at Chelsea FC?
I am a presenter/reporter for the channel. The presenting includes Blues News, Live Reserves, Match Night Live and when Neil is away on a European adventure
Live from Stamford Bridge. On the reporting side I interview Jose Mourinho for ‘Mourinho Monthly’ and carry out in-depth interviews with 1st team players throughout
the season. It’s great because each day you can be doing something different.
How long have you worked for Chelsea TV?
5 years. I started off working one day a week putting together and fronting the weekly show called Blue Tomorrow and then when Chelsea TV launched I came
on board full time.
How much research do you have to do?
I am constantly researching and reading as I write all my scripts and questions for the in-depth interviews. You also have to be totally prepared going into a live show as anything can happen.
Most embarrassing moment as a presenter?
Too many to mention…but I do have a tendency to laugh a lot so if a guest says anything funny or someone talking in my ear from the gallery tells a joke I find it hard to keep a straight face and have been known to burst out laughing!!!
Favourite moment as a presenter?
I have so many great memories but one that springs to mind was the phone in that I hosted with Tommy Langley after we had won the title up at Bolton. They brought some champagne into the studio, we were so happy that we couldn’t stop smiling and laughing and got some fantastic calls from people all celebrating and some remembering winning back in ’55. Also that day we managed to convert a Spurs fan into a Blue!
What did you do before you worked for Chelsea TV?
Before Chelsea TV & Blue Tomorrow, I spent two and a half years working for talkSPORT Radio doing a variety or sports reporting and presenting roles. I presented the breakfast sports news, worked on the Sydney Olympics, created a news show called Sportswatch which is still going strong and reported on tennis, football, cricket, golf, rugby etc….
Every summer I commentate on Wimbledon for 2 weeks, providing ball by ball match coverage of the championships.
And before talk I worked for numerous radio stations always in the sports department, I have been in sports journalism for about 10 years now and love it.
What was it like doing the London Marathon?
Hard, very, very hard, couldn’t walk for a couple of weeks afterwards!! Wont do it again but would recommend people who haven’t done it to give it a go as is a fun day (apart from the running) and you get to raise a lot of money for charity.
Who’s your favourite TV sports presenter?
I would have to say Sky Sports Jeff Stelling. During the 6 hours of Soccer Saturday he stays so calm, taking everything in his stride and it goes without saying that his football knowledge is second to none. And I have to give a mention to Des Lynam, who is a legend!!
How long have you supported CFC?
I was born into a family split, would you believe between Arsenal and Crystal Palace, so my early years were spent divided between Highbury and Selhurst Park.
And as much as I tried to fight against it having an older, bigger, stronger, brother (who supports Arsenal) meant I didn’t have much choice as to where I went!!!! Luckily as the years passed the brainwashing lessened, and when I went to university while I kept an eye on all the London clubs I started to visit the Bridge and haven’t looked back since. So as you can imagine family discussions about football can get very heated but the feeling of joy when we won the title last season was amazing, and funnily enough I couldn’t get hold of my brother for a few weeks after that!!!!
First game. Earliest memory.
I saw quite a few Arsenal/Palace v Chelsea clashes when I was very young, but my first Chelsea game at The Bridge when I could cheer and scream for the Blues was in the 1994/95 season when I went with a die-hard Blues fan. We beat Ipswich 2-0 with goals from Neil Shipperley and Dennis Wise.
Favourite player past and present.
Favourite player from the past has to be Gianfranco Zola as not only is he a legend on the field but off it as well and is a great ambassador for the sport. I had the pleasure of visiting him and his family at their home in Sardinia to do an interview for Chelsea TV and they made us feel so welcome, he really is a lovely man.
From the present there are so many to name…but my top 4 in no particular order would be Claude Makelele, John Terry, William Gallas and Frank Lampard…
Will Chelsea win something this season?
I think providing everyone stays fit the quadruple can’t be ruled out, but the main thing is I want us to successfully defend our title as only Man Utd have done it in the Premiership’s 13 year history and we need to change that.
Have you ever spoken to Roman?
I have said hello to him on a couple of occasions at the training ground.
Who won the Chelsea TV fantasy football league last season?
Well we do the fantasy football competition run by the Daily Telegraph and I’m proud to say that in our own separate Super League I came out on top, finishing 214th in the country. But I think it was more by luck than judgement!!! I happened to put Peter Crouch in just when he went on his scoring run at Southampton and with a healthy number of Chelsea players included you can’t go far wrong. I think though unlike Chelsea I have no chance of retaining my title!!
Arsenal or Man Utd?
Champions League or Premiership?
Matchday Programme or the new magazine?
John Terry or Frank Lampard?
Tough one but I’m going to go for Frank Lampard, just because of how he has developed as a player since arriving from West Ham. So much so that he is now considered to be one of the best midfielders in the world.
Tommy Langley or Kerry Dixon?
I can’t choose between them so will say both, it is always a pleasure to work with them
CFCnet.co.uk or Blueandwhitearmy.net?