school, I did work experience at the local radio
station and contributed articles to the school
newspaper. After A levels, I went to Durham
University to study Law. I then went to work
full-time at Metro FM in Newcastle doing the
breakfast show. From there, I went to Sky TV
in London as a sports presenter on ‘Sports Centre’.
I then joined ITV as a sports broadcaster.
Doing two live programmes a week involves a lot of pre-production
and planning. I may be out reporting, writing or
presenting conferences and I have a lot of charity
commitments. I need to research, read up and
watch sports constantly. I have to find out
about the teams and, particularly at the beginning
of each season, check things very
carefully and make sure that I complete and
update all my files.
My big break was going from Metro FM to Sky.
I had done some local television for Tyne-Tees
and I was seen and approached by Sky. I was
in the right place at the right time! I really
feel that practical experience is very important
and doing unpaid work is a stepping stone.
Working on Euro 2000 was wonderful. Live broadcasting
is always a highlight as you get the adrenalin
rush! Interviewing Michael Owen at the beginning
of his success, just after he scored the goal
against Argentina, was great. His star was in
the ascent and seeing him change and develop
has been amazing. Interviewing people at the
prime of their careers is always exciting -
like Kevin Keegan when he was manager of England.
Meeting Pele was another great
highlight, of course!
I plan to go out but find myself in the
studio until 1am. I can’t really plan my week
ahead as, for example, I could get a phone call
to go and interview Sir Alec Ferguson and I
have to do it then.
from the top:
Get in through the door by doing work experience.
If you’re any good, you won’t be unpaid for
long! At school, have lots of interests to show
potential employers. I represented Wales as
a gymnast and that required a lot of willpower
and determination in training and those qualities
are important in work too. On your application
forms show genuine passion and a wide range
of interests. Don’t just read the sports pages,
show you have other ideas and interests.