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A morning in the life of a breakfast show presenter

Annie Othen

Annie Othen

Annie has not always been an early bird. She started in commercial radio over 21 years ago presenting a late night show and since has presented almost every programme in the 24 hour clock including late night Radio 2.

She has been with the BBC for about 11 years and presented 'Breakfast with Annie', covering the Coventry and Warwickshire region, for about 5 years. Here she gives an insight into her breakfast show schedule before she moved to present the 10am to 1pm slot.

Q1. When do you start preparing for the morning show ?

We start preparing the breakfast show the day before...


Q2. What time do you have to get up?

Is it morning or is it late at night, I've never been too sure?


Q3. Once you've arrived how do you start your morning schedule?

Get everything ready in the studio ... then it's a matter of sitting down and going through the programme running order.


Q4. As it's a live show how do you cope when an unexpected news flash means suddenly changing the running order?

We heard the news flash that Prince Charles was to marry Camilla Parker Bowles ... you have to adapt ... and react as quickly as you possibly can.


Q5. Once you've 'woken up' your listeners do you meet afterwards to discuss the programme?

If you're presenting sometimes it's just you and the listener ... and you need to know from other people's perspectives how it sounded.


Q6. Do you think breakfast broadcasters get used to starting early in the morning?

If you're disciplined you get yourself into a rhythm ... you do get used to it.



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