Pi­o­neer says he’s his­tory

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SUNDAY EXTRA -

David At­ten­bor­ough (pic­tured) be­lieves TV nat­u­ral­ists like him could be­come ex­tinct and re­placed by am­a­teurs from the YouTube gen­er­a­tion. The broad­caster – who has fronted ground­break­ing se­ries about flora and fauna such as Life on Earth and Frozen Planet – has been a fa­mil­iar fig­ure in nat­u­ral his­tory pro­grams for six decades. Sir David, 86, says na­ture jock­eys like him were un­likely to be needed in the fu­ture. Launch­ing a forth­com­ing se­ries, At­ten­bor­ough’s Nat­u­ral Cu­riosi­ties to be screened on the Eden chan­nel in the UK in Jan­uary, he says: ‘‘Hav­ing a man like me, or a girl or a woman, who can demon­strate these things is ac­tu­ally a lit­tle han­gover from the past. I sus­pect in the fu­ture you won’t need na­ture jock­eys like me and in fact not only that, you won’t need spe­cial­ist cam­era­men be­cause mak­ing nat­u­ral his­tory films has be­come eas­ier . . . there are lots of ded­i­cated peo­ple out there who want to do noth­ing more than film the mat­ing of the dragon­fly in the pond 100 yards from their house, and they’ll put it on the web.’’

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