improved, but it’s got a lot better in recent years!”
Meanwhile, one MUTV employee thinks there’s another secret to the channel’s longevity.
“I work on the stations’ output and put callers through to the phone-in shows. People love the chance to have a whinge!
“Okay, we’ve had some bad seasons in the last ten years, but MUTV has broadcast league title wins, cup wins and two European cup victories. That’s not a bad record!”
As for me, I’ve been at the channel since I graduated from university (a good few years ago!). In my teens, I grew up reading the Reserves and Academy match reports and latched on early to the talents of Butt, Scholes, Beckham, Neville and a lad called Smyth (who I never heard of again!).
When I first arrived at MUTV there was only rare coverage of the Academy, with the emphasis on the Reserves, so I went off on my own with a cameraman and regularly produced a couple of minutes’ highlights every weekend. Subscribers obviously shared my interest and the Academy is now broadcast in full and live most weekends.
If MUTV was around when I was a 14-year-old, my mum would have had little choice in allowing me to watch the Manchester United youth team for £1.50 a week!
That’s just one example of how MUTV’s production has developed. Of course, some fans are only interested in the first-team dressing room, the team they pay a lot of money to watch every week.
MUTV caters for that as well, with a