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Reporter Profiles

Tom Bateman

Tom Bateman

Duty Editor

Where are you from?
Colchester in Essex.

What were you doing before Radio 1?
Working in commercial radio in London.

What are you most proud of in your job?
Aside from the obvious tragedy of the day, editing the news on the afternoon of 11 September 2001. It was a quiet day until 1.55pm. The biggest news is always completely unexpected.

Worst on air moment?
Too many to think about. Working on a breakfast show with a presenter who liked to stop you mid-flow to pick you up on your grammar. Always sounds great in the top story.

Three words that describe you:
Passionate about news.

Advice to anyone who wants to get started in journalism:
Pick up the phone and call news editors in every radio station you can find. Ask for their name before you speak to them. Then bombard them with your concise e-mail and CV, proving to them why you should be working for them. Listen to the station before you visit it.

Where would you like to be in 10 years' time?
Feeling like I haven't wasted the last 10 years.

What's on your walls at home?
Yellow, blue and white paint (in different rooms)! A few pictures I screen printed once when I knew how to.

If you could be famous, what would you be famous for?
Playing bass in a band.

My top three albums ever are:
OK Computer - Radiohead
Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld - the Orb
Music Has the Right to Children - Boards of Canada.

Who's your favourite news reporter?
Jeremy Bowen, now the BBCs Middle East editor, is hard to beat. Someone who's told real stories from the "front line".

How do you spend your time off? Drinking, sleeping and reading newspapers.

If wasn't a news reporter I'd be...
A professional musician. In my dreams...

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