Journalism / Skills


How do you balance warmth and authority? What are the secrets to presenting breaking news? And how should you handle phone-ins? In this section of the BBC Academy's website, some of the BBC’s most experienced presenters, including Fiona Bruce, Julian Worricker, Jane Hill and Paddy O’Connell, share their insights.

How to present the news using Autocue: Maxine Mawhinney

BBC presenter and trainer Maxine Mawhinney explains how to look good and feel confident reading the news using Autocue

Hosting a radio programme: Paddy O’Connell

"Be clear and concise, well-briefed, and honest when things go wrong." Presenter Paddy O'Connell takes us behind the scenes on Broadcasting House

Television presenting: Fiona Bruce

As a news presenter, Fiona Bruce always has to offer the right measure of warmth and authority: "There’s not much opportunity to learn to read the news"

Presenting: Finding your voice

Listen in as the BBC Academy podcast team are voice-coached by a pro

Presenting: Looking and sounding your best

Making the most of your voice is important. The first tip is to "sound like you mean what you’re saying. Broadcasting is a performance"

Presenting breaking news: Jane Hill

Skilled presenters like Jane Hill make live TV look smooth by absorbing info from the gallery and conveying it calmly whatever is going on behind the scenes

Radio phone-ins: Julian Worricker

Getting the question right is essential to a phone-in. It also probably needs to be short with a yes or no answer, says Julian Worricker

Regional TV presenter: South East Today

Authority, approachability and the power of social media - Polly Evans on what matters most as a presenter of TV news programme South East Today

From Our Own Correspondent: Stephen Evans

From the Faroe Islands to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, there are few countries that have never featured in a FOOC