Getting into radio

Former managing director of Talk Radio Paul Robinson, head of BBC Audio & Music's General Factual department Ruth Gardiner and Radio 1 DJ Greg James all join Simon Smith on the CoP Show to talk about how to get into the world of radio.

The radio industry is as competitive as ever and demands an increasingly wide range of skills, so what can you do to convince someone to give you your first break? Our panellists Greg James, Paul Robinson and Ruth Gardiner join Simon Smith to share their own experiences in radio and some dos and don'ts that they've learned along the way.

"Even with more channels, it's harder now than it was twenty or thirty years ago to get into radio." – Greg James

Paul Robinson has been managing director of Talk Radio and managing editor of Radio 1 and is on the panel for the 30 Under 30 competition at The Radio Academy

Ruth Gardiner is the head of the General Factual department at BBC Radio. The department produces programmes mainly for BBC Radio 4 and The World Service including Woman's Hour, Outlook and Desert Island Discs.

Greg James is a presenter for BBC Radio 1, landing his role at the station after picking up the 'Best Male Presenter' award at the 2005 Student Radio Awards for his work on University of East Anglia's student station, Livewire.