Mitchell and Jessie Aru
Mitchell and Jessie Aru will be aiming to
bring to life on air the countries, the
cultures and the stars of the Commonwealth
Games during their BBC 2002 programme "A
Bit of Culture."
weekday morning between 10am and 1pm they
will be focusing on one Commonwealth country
each day, with guests, music, packages on
food and a Rough Guide to the country in
question. And in Icons, they'll be featuring
people from the Commonwealth who have made
an impact in Britain and the world. Their
complementary talents will combine to give
a pacy and informative programme mix.
Mitchell has a window on the world already,
having worked for the BBC's World service
for the past few years. Initially, he tried
teaching as a career, then worked in a betting
shop and even picked lettuces to make a
living. But he admits: "Radio was where
I always wanted to be."
having completed a Media Degree in London,
failing at pop stardom and being rejected
as a greyhound racing commentator, Chris
got a job at the BBC. It was a lucky break.
the last two years, he has been been presenting
an education programme for BBC World Service.
over the next six months he'll be co-presenting
A Bit of Culture on BBC 2002 97.7FM and
says: "It's going to be a challenge but
also an opportunity to learn about people
and places that may have passed me by. It's
going to be an eye-opener and it's going
to be fun."
Aru has a different kind of track record,
following a successful GB junior athletics
career, concentrating on the heptathlon
and triple jump events.
born and brought up in the North West, originally
began training to be an electronics technician.
But after a brief stint working on a community
radio station in her native Liverpool, she
realised she not only had a passion for
sport but also for the media.
there she moved to London to combine her
passions, studying a media degree at Southbank
University and subsequently a Postgraduate
in Journalism. Whilst studying she freelanced
for a number of media outlets including
BBC Radio Merseyside, The Voice, The Journal
and The Weekly Gleaner.
Following her studies, she began work for
the BBC, working across community affairs,
sport and entertainment. She had a stint
working at BBC Sport Online, then returned
to BBC London to work on their new sports
service, working across radio, television
Jessie says: "The Games will be a massive
event for Greater Manchester and as I'm
mad about sport, I'm looking forward to
being a part of it."