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Presenting on radio and TV


Since winning the Xtra Talent competition in 2004, Ayesha Asantewaa has stormed her way into the presenting world with her own show on BBC 1Xtra and successful stints on children's TV and radio.

Here she shares some of the things she has learnt since her whirlwind introduction to presenting.


Q1. Do you need the 'gift of the gab' to be a good presenter?

I think you have to be born with it! You should be able to talk to anyone. It won't work if you're really shy - you'll open up that mic and you won't speak - and you can't have dead air!


Q2. Is there a common mistake that new presenters make, and how do you combat nerves?

New presenters tend to rush things, like I did when I started! Slow it down and let it breathe! I still get nervous now, especially when I'm presenting on live TV!


Q3. One thing you wish you'd known before you started your first show?

I wish I'd known how to drive the desk! I had a massive phobia of touching the wrong button and something bad happening! Learning how to do it has made me a much better broadcaster...


Q4. What's the difference between presenting on TV and radio, and for children and adults?

Presenting on TV and radio are two vastly different things. The similarity is that you can't see your audience, but when you're on telly the whole world can see you! So you have to look good, sound good and be upbeat!


Q5. What are your top three tips for aspiring radio presenters?

Be happy - you're going into the field you love! Know what you're going to talk about and don't complain!


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