Funmi Olutoye: planning producer, London Live

Having a head full of ideas, contacts at your fingertips and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the capital are essential for Funmi Olutoye's role at London Live. She talks about working for London's local TV station.

What you do?
I'm a planning producer and journalist working across most of the news and current affairs programmes at London Live.

This means finding stories which can be given to output producers as well as planning for upcoming stories and nailing down logistics. I source and book a lot of the guests for the different shows, which requires a good head for names and an encyclopaedic knowledge of London and its many characters.

Did you do any formal media training?
Yes I did an NCTJ at News Associates in Wimbledon, London. It covered media law including court reporting, public affairs and sub-editing. I was very proud when I passed my 100 words per minute shorthand!

"It’s always great to wake up in the morning, switch on London Live and see what I’ve found, set up and organised the day before, displayed on my television screen."– Funmi Olutoye

What does your typical day involve?
Does anyone have a typical day in broadcast news? Every day is different and throws up different challenges.

I work on all the shows but often you’ll find me setting up the many elements that make up our breakfast show, Wake Up London. It’s on air between 6am and 9am Monday to Friday. Of all the shows this is the hungriest beast of them all. It is high in news content, it’s on air for the longest and it starts when everyone else is asleep!

A moment you’re particularly proud of
It’s always great to wake up in the morning, switch on London Live and see what I’ve found, set up and organised the day before, displayed on my television screen. Especially when I’ve worked hard the day before to source the most elusive guest! I get a lot of job satisfaction in this role.

Something you’ve learned that you'll take on from this role to the next
Ideas and contacts are the name of the game. Even in London you might have a slow news day, but if you have an idea or an unusual or interesting contributor it can bring a story alive.

Biggest surprise?
The team I work with. I was surprised when I joined at just how experienced and professional everyone is despite being a fairly young team.

The programme I'd kill to work on
I’m yet to work on Platform 8 at London Live. It’s a documentary series made by different London filmmakers delving into issues affecting the capital. I’d love to do my own mini-documentary for Platform 8 or maybe an inquisitive one looking at the young, wild and rich people of Lagos, Nigeria.