How to get a job in sports broadcasting

Whether you fancy yourself as a football commentator, the next presenter of Match of the Day or a sports journalist, this podcast gives tips on getting your first break in the industry.

Radio 1 Newsbeat presenter Tina Daheley talks to sports presenter Manish Bhasin, the commentator and retired England footballer Lucy Ward, BBC Sport senior producer Pete Andrews and Julie-Pia Aberdein, digital executive producer for Manchester United Football Club.

Recorded at the 1Xtra sessions, part of 1Xtra live, in Bradford on 2 October 2015, the panel talk about how they worked their way into the industry and turned their passion into a career.

"Everyone's route into broadcasting is different – no one has the same way in." – Julie Aberdein

Manish's break came at BBC Radio Leicester; Lucy through her time as a professional player; Julie's through a sideways move from television to digital media for one of the world's most famous football clubs.

They each talk about their role: Pete on how he directs the action on match days, sometimes controlling up to 23 cameras while ensuring they never miss a goal. Manish talks about presenting football news for stations around the world, and Lucy about learning how to keep talking while someone is having a word in your ear-piece!

The panel give their advice for those wanting to break into the highly competitive world of sports broadcasting and digital media. They cover how to get experience, deal with rejection and build your confidence. Tips include having a much wider interest in sport than just football, having ideas to bring to an interview and having the perseverance, and drive to keep on going.

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