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Reporter Profiles

Duncan Middleton

Duncan Middleton


Where are you from?
Born in London, grew up elsewhere.

What were you doing before Radio 1?
Riding the crest of a career plateau.

Best part of the job?
Getting paid to tell stories.

Worst on air moment?
Commentating at the start of the London Marathon. No-one told me there was going to be a minute's silence for the Queen Mum. The whistle went, everything went quiet and I started saying "It's gone very quiet down here, very tense, there seems to be some sort of delay, the runners just want to get on with it." I couldn't work out why people kept telling me to shut up.

Three words that describe you:
Struggling air guitarist.

Advice to anyone who wants to get started in journalism:
Never be afraid to blag it. If you get asked to do something and don't know how - try anyway. Far better to give it a go than just sitting in the corner doing nothing. 

My top three albums ever are:
Totally depends on my mood but these three are always up there:
Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
Ray Charles - The Genius Sings The Blues
Nick Drake - Way to Blue (yes I know it's a compilation).

Who's your favourite news reporter?
Don't have one but Andrew Marr is brilliant at making politics fun. And has great ears. Maddy Savage is very nice.

How do you spend your time off?
Pretending I'm still sporty, playing various instruments and wondering whether it's warm enough for a BBQ.

If wasn't a news reporter I'd be...
Playing in a rubbish pub blues band also available for weddings, barmitzvahs and children's parties.

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