Belfast Telegraph

Tyndall's RPM to be broadcast for last time

By Sammy Hamill

After 23 years and hundreds of editions, Plum Tyndall's RPM motorsport programme will be broadcast for the last time on UTV tonight (11pm).

The former saloon car champion from Hillsborough, a pioneer of motorsport television in Ireland, is bowing out with a final programme featuring the Supersport 600 shoot-out for the Adelaide Masters motorbike championship.

For nearly a quarter of a century, Tyndall and his camera teams have covered every aspect of Irish motorsport including rallycross, karting, trials, autotests, Ferrari racing, hot rods, motorbikes and principally the premier Irish Tarmac rally championship.

Down the years RPM became 'must see' viewing for competitors and all followers of motorsport on four wheels and two.

Tyndall started out commentating at Kirkistown and Mondello before coming under the wing of RTE producer Michael O'Carroll and together they created pioneered TV coverage of rallying in Ireland. He went on to become a commentator for BBC, UTV, RTE, Europa TV, TV3, and even covered Formula One for Eurosport.

He set up his own production company and established the RPM brand which became the gold standard for motorsport TV.

Now, however, he has decided to call a halt rather than reduce his professional standards in the face of increasing competition from cut-price production companies.

"TV has changed enormously in the past few years with some stations still requiring quality and others accepting tat," he said.

"When you've tried to stay in the quality game it is not easy to downgrade so I would rather retire with a reputation intact than cut back on our production standards."

He will still be involved in one-off projects, including a live streaming TV show during the Belfast Bike Show in the New Year.

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