Media & Communications

Mongolian commentators benefit from Mentorship Programme

Ulaanbaatar: The first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Communications Mentorship Programme in 2020 was successfully held online for commentators in Mongolia with the aim of enhancing the football broadcast in the country.

In collaboration with the Mongolian Football Federation (MFF), the workshop was conducted by Desmond Corkhill, who is the Head of Broadcast of the Malaysian Football League and a former commentator for ESPN Star, Bein Sports and Eurosport, over two days for two different groups of 12 participants.

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The highly engaging programme covered topics such as the roles of commentators, understanding the responsibilities of the broadcast team, the best practices in commentary as well the industry’s etiquettes and standards when engaging with audiences.

Oyu Lkhagvasuren, a producer and commentator for NTV said the workshop was beneficial to help improve the commentary of the Mongolian National Premier League. “There is a lot of interest in Mongolian football, from the National Team to the Leagues, and as commentators we have a responsibility to deliver the best coverage to our audience. This workshop is an opportunity for us to learn and apply the knowledge in our broadcast.”

Munkhbol Ganbold, who is learning to be a football commentator, was delighted to receive insights on football commentary. “I must thank the AFC and MFF for organising his workshop. It was useful for me to learn from Desmond and to also engage with him and other participants. The knowledge will help me pursue my ambitions to be a football commentator.”

This is the second time a commentators’ workshop was organised in Mongolia with the first edition held by the AFC and MFF in 2017.

The mentorship programme was launched in 2019 and it is part of the AFC’s commitment to provide its Member Associations with tailored made programmes to help improve areas of their media and communications strategy.

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