‘In some ways, a TV director plays God’ – Hemant Buch

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In the latest episode of the podcast we chat with Hemant Buch, who is a broadcast consultant with over 25 years’ experience as an executive producer, director, and producer.

Hemant guides us through the responsibilities of a live TV broadcast director. He also talks about his recent assignment in Sri Lanka – where Australia and Pakistan played cricket series in a time of intense political and economic strife.

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Talking Points:

  • Hemant’s journey into the world of journalism and broadcasting
  • A TV director and producer – and how they need to complement each other
  • Watching a match from 20 different angles and choosing the best view
  • The challenges of directing a Test match versus shorter forms of the game
  • The predominance of Indian and South African camerapersons in cricket
  • The high calibre of camerawork during the recent two series in Sri Lanka
  • The need to be nimble while using the ultra slomo camera
  • Covering cricket in Sri Lanka amid economic and political turmoil
  • The peaceful protests outside the ground at Galle
  • Sri Lanka’s cricketers speaking up about the economic plight of the people
  • Witnessing packed houses in stadia as Sri Lankans grappled with daily crises
  • Dasun Shanaka’s stunning knock and Prabath Jayasuriya’s stunning entry


Hemant Buch (@hemantbuch)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)



Efficient and Calm: Babar Azam’s New Pakistan Turn a Corner in Their Own Style – Hemant Buch – The Quint

The disputed Kohli catch – why the ‘soft signal’ is essential – Hemant Buch – Cricket Next

Articles by Hemant Buch

Hemant Buch’s photos 

Hemant Buch interview on Couch Talk

‘A TV producer needs to catch the pulse of where the game is going’ – Ajesh Ramachandran – 81allout

When Sri Lanka came to the cricket to fight for the country’s future – Fidel Fernando – ESPNcricinfo

Australia’s Sri Lanka tour more profound than wins and losses – Daniel Brettig – Sydney Morning Herald

‘A golden age for watching cricket in Sri Lanka’ – Fidel Fernando – 81allout

These pictures brought to you by – Nagraj Gollapudi – ESPNcricinfo

Sport, history, race: the complexity of cricket in South Africa – podcast with Telford Vice and Firdose Moonda – 81allout


Images courtesy Hemant Buch


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