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Name Matt Cooke Age? 28 Where are you from? Originally Kingston-upon-Thames, but I grew up in Guildford, Surrey How did you get started in Broadcasting? During University, I wrote for student newspapers and websites, and contributed to The Guardian Newspaper. From there, I enrolled at… Read more

Name? Anthony Murnane, deputy foreign editor and newscaster RTE. Age 40 Where are you from? Originally Greystones in Co. Wicklow but currently live in south Dublin. How did you get started in Broadcasting? I began writing for local newspapers and broadcasting on local radio when… Read more

Name? Ian Fergusson, BBC Weather Presenter Age? 44 Where are you from? Stockton-on-Tees, (which was then in!) Co. Durham How did you get started in Broadcasting? As a biologist studying sharks, I made contacts within the BBC’s Natural History Unit and ended-up working with them… Read more

Name? Angus Walker Age? 35 Where are you from? Born in UK, but raised in West Africa and Middle East How did you get started in broadcasting? I talked my way into a job at a radio station. When was that? 1993 Why News broadcasting?… Read more

Name? Paula Middlehurst Age? 42 Where are you from? Born in Lancashire, bred in Hampshire. How did you get started in broadcasting? Album Reviewer and What’s On Sub-Editor on Radio County Sound in Guildford. When was that? 1982 Why News broadcasting? I’m a news junkie…. Read more

Name? Gillian Joseph Age? Over 21 Where are you from? Born in Coventry and brought up in London How did you get started in broadcasting? I did a post graduate in Journalism at City University for which I won a BBC Bursary. When I completed… Read more

Name? Alex Thomas Age? 33 Where are you from? Mainly London. How did you get started in broadcasting? I started at Mercia FM radio station in Coventry, part-time, while I was still at Warwick university. When was that? 1994 Why News broadcasting? I’ve always been… Read more

Name? Sarah Mukherjee Age? Too old to work on Newsround! Where are you from? Born in London to Franco/Indian and British (Irish/Scots/English/Norwegian) parents!! How did you get started in broadcasting? Freelancing for Sky, we lost talkback so my first broadcasting experience was hiding behind a… Read more

Name? Hazel Murray Where are you from? I am English, with a spot of Scottish and French mixed in. I have lived in Kent, Manchester and Kenya, before ending up in London. How did you get started in Broadcasting? I started as a researcher in… Read more

Name? Frances Harrison Age? 40 Where are you from? London How did you get started in broadcasting? I got a job in the South Asian Region of BBC World Service Radio in Bush House straight after doing an MA in South Asian Area Studies at… Read more

Name? Karin Giannone Age? 29 Where are you from? I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but moved to the UK when I was 2 and grew up in Edinburgh, Sussex and Kent.. How did you get started in broadcasting? I edited ‘Varsity,’the student newspaper… Read more

Name? Ranvir Singh Age? 28 Where are you from? Preston How did you get started in broadcasting? Began by presenting an evening Asian news programme from BBC Radio Lancashire while doing my postgraduate broadcast journalism diploma – and weekend bulletins at a local independent radio… Read more

Name? Guto Harri Age? 39 (till the 8th of July) Where are you from? Cardiff – which I (as a Welsh speaker) call Caerdydd How did you get started in broadcasting? Doing radio shows for my parents as a kid – live from the attic… Read more

Name? Robert Hall Age? 51 Where are you from? London How did you get started in broadcasting? Trainee reporter at Channel Television (ITV) Guernsey. When was that? 1977 Why News broadcasting? Wasn’t the original plan – just fascinated by TV. Where else would have viewers… Read more

Name? Dani Sinha Age? 27 Where are you from? I grew up in the North West but have spent most of my adult life in the South. How did you get started in broadcasting? Won’t bore you with the huge amounts of work experience I… Read more

Name? Karen Kay Age? 33 Where are you from? Not Planet Television, that’s for sure. I’m Bucks born and bred. How did you get started in broadcasting? I was Fashion Editor on the Daily Mirror ten years ago, and was invited in to This Morning… Read more

Name? Manisha K.Tank Age? Forever Young Where are you from? Born in Southampton – Origin: Indian How did you get started in broadcasting? I wanted to train as a Lawyer with the aim of getting into the corporate side one day but then my Mum… Read more

Name? Sue Charles Age? 31 Where are you from? Llandrindod Wells, Powys How did you get started in broadcasting? The local radio station (Radio Wyvern) was doing a youth programme called Street Cred. I took part with a few friends. We played the songs we… Read more

Name? Mark Easton Age? 47 Where are you from? Born in Glasgow. Educated in Winchester. Trained in Portsmouth. Now live in Islington. How did you get started in broadcasting? Cub reporter on local paper Southern Evening Echo in Southampton. When was that? 1978 Why News… Read more

Name? Bernard Smith Age? 33 Where are you from? Manchester How did you get started in Broadcasting? I did a postgraduate diploma in Radio and TV Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire. From there I pestered a lot, did work experience and managed to… Read more

NAME: Peter Spencer. AGE: 56. WHERE ARE YOU FROM: East of Mayfair. Well Essex actually. Though I’m a quarter Irish and a quarter French. So I don’t always wear white shoes. HOW DID I GET STARTED IN BROADCASTING: By getting made redundant. By the Daily… Read more

Name? Colin Briggs Age? Like the How old Cary Grant? gag. Old Colin Briggs fine, how old you? I did O levels. Does that make me truly ancient? Where are you from? Southampton How did you get started in broadcasting? I used to do it… Read more

Name? Catherine Jacob Age? 29 Where are you from? Tyne and Wear How did you get started in broadcasting? After graduating, I became a radio traffic and travel presenter while working in the newsroom during the day as a freelance reporter/newsreader. Was accepted for the… Read more

Name? Tom Symonds Age? 36 Where are you from? Kent How did you get started in broadcasting? I did the postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff and then joined the BBC as a graduate Regional News Trainee. When was that? 1993 Why News broadcasting?… Read more

Name? Ian Dovaston Age? 38 Where are you from? I was born in Stockton-on-Tees, but I grew up in Sunderland and Chester-le-Street. How did you get started in broadcasting? I did a one-year newspaper journalism course in Darlington. At that stage, I had no intention… Read more

Name? Gavin Esler Where are you from? I was born in Glasgow way back in the last millennium, brought up in Edinburgh and in Northern Ireland and have lived for a long time in Washington and London. That means I am very lucky. I have… Read more

Name? Celina Hinchcliffe Age? 29 Where are you from? Berkshire How did you get started in broadcasting? I started at BBC Southern Counties Local Radio. When was that? 2002 Why Sports News broadcasting? It’s my number one passion in life. Where else would have viewers… Read more

Name? Jayne Barrett Age? 34 Where are you from? Ellesmere Port How did you get started in broadcasting? I started as a video-journalist for Channel One Liverpool. I was one of the first recruits when the station launched. When was that? Way back in 1994…. Read more

Name? Jonathan Andrew Beale Age? Just hit my forties ! yikes Where are you from? Wales originally – but brought up in Kent. How did you get started in broadcasting? I joined a BBC trainee reporter scheme after working for an MP as a researcher…. Read more

Name? Alex Lovell Age? ‘Cuse me?! Where are you from? Born in Kent, grew up in North Yorkshire, moved to London for 13 years and am now trying to buy a house in North Somerset and stop moving! How did you get started in broadcasting?… Read more

Name? David Garrido Age? 26 Where are you from? My family are Colombian, but I was born in the UK. How did you get started in broadcasting? I did a lot of student radio at university, then spent a while freelancing and won the BBC… Read more

Name? Katharine Witty Where are you from? London How did you get started in Broadcasting? Left the press association to freelance starting at carlton London tonight and news24. mainly producing to start with. When was that? About 1998 Why news/weather broadcasting? Just news I’m afraid… Read more

Name? Carole Walker Age? Not telling! Where are you from? Norfolk How did you get started in broadcasting? On a journalism course at the London College of Printing When was that? A long time ago. Why News broadcasting? I enjoy the buzz of a big… Read more

Name? Derek Brockway Age? 38 Where are you from? Barry, South Wales How did you get started in broadcasting? I was working as a forecaster for the Met Office in Birmingham in the summer of 1995 and had to do radio weather as part of… Read more

Name? James Hardy Age? 44 Where are you from? Ilkley, West Yorkshire How did you get started in broadcasting? Almost by accident. I’d spent the best part of 20 years in newspapers, latterly as Political Editor of the Daily Mirror. I felt I’d done as… Read more

Name? Charlie Thomas Where are you from? I’m from Somerset How did you get started in broadcasting? / When was that? Got started in journalism as a reporter for the Hounslow Informer in the mid 80s. Then went into broadcasting in 1988 as a sports… Read more

Name? Sarah Lockett. Age? 38. Where are you from? Surrey. How did you get started in Broadcasting? 0898 telephone services (horoscopes etc) then local radio. When was that? 1987 (0898 services) then 1988 Capital Radio, London. Why news/weather broadcasting? I fell into it! I was… Read more

Name? Sharon Barbour Age? Nearly 40 (but don’t tell anyone that!) Where are you from? New Zealand – although my grandparents are English and I’ve been here for 15 years. How did you get started in broadcasting? Started in Newspapers, then to the Australian Film… Read more

Name? Catherine Jones Age? 34 Where are you from? Southend, Essex How did you get started in broadcasting? At Buckinghamshire’s local radio station, Mix 96. When was that? 1994 Why News broadcasting? I want to tell people about important issues that affect their lives (very… Read more

Name? Nick Higham Age? 51 (but don’t tell anyone) Where are you from? London How did you get started in broadcasting? I answered an ad for the BBC’s first dedicated media correspondent When was that? 1998 Why News broadcasting? I’d spent 10 years as a… Read more

Name? Ian Woods Age? 39 Where are you from? Belfast How did you get started in Broadcasting? University Radio Warwick, which was a great opportunity to interview leading politicians/actors/musicians. It led to a part time job with Coventry’s Independent Local Radio Station Mercia Sound. That… Read more

Name? James Dagwell Age? 32 Where are you from? Lived all over the shop when i was a kid – South London – Devon – but mainly grew up in Crowborough in East Sussex. How did you get started in broadcasting? I was a runner… Read more

Name? Adnan Nawaz Age? 38 Where are you from? Born in Pakistan, brought up in the Phillipines, Italy and schooled in England – so from nowhere and everywhere! How did you get started in broadcasting? Worked as a sandwich maker, tea brewer and general dogsbody… Read more

Name? Jim Hancock Age? 57 Where are you from? Plymouth How did you get started in broadcasting? I worked as dogsbody for the Managing Director for Piccadilly Radio as it was preparing to start broadcasting in Manchester . When was that? 1973 Why News broadcasting?… Read more

Name? Laura Trevelyan Age? 38 ( 21/8/68) Where are you from? London. How did you get started in broadcasting? Got started in broadcasting as a researcher Channel 4’s A Week In Politics programme, briefing the late Vincent Hanna on interviews, back in 1991. When was… Read more

Name? Allen Sinclair Age? 37 Where are you from? Reading, Berkshire How did you get started in broadcasting? I spent six years on Hospital Radio Reading while working as a reporter on various newspapers, then when a job came up at BBC Radio Berkshire, I… Read more

Name? Julie Etchingham Age? 37 Where are you from? Leicester How did you get started in broadcasting? I worked at BBC Radio Leicester when I was still at school – helping out at the weekends with guests and making coffee etc When was that? Around… Read more

Name? Keir Simmons Age? 34 Where are you from? South East London via Bristol How did you get started in broadcasting? At Independent Radio News. When was that? In 1996 I think. Why News broadcasting? It was either this or politics. My early motivation was… Read more

Name? Rachel Schofield Age? 30 Where are you from? I was born in Winchester in Hampshire, lived briefly in W.Sussex but spent the bulk of my childhood in Devon – I was at school in Exeter and my parents still live in the county. I… Read more

Name? Imogen Sellers Age? 32 Where are you from? Frome, in Somerset. How did you get started in broadcasting? I started out as a reporter on the Bath Chronicle. When was that? That was in 1997. Why News broadcasting? I always enjoyed writing and performing,… Read more

Name? Jo Coburn Age? 38 Where are you from? London How did you get started in broadcasting? By accident – started on community radio When was that? 1992 Why News broadcasting? It was Middle Eastern politics actually – had a certain amount of knowledge about… Read more

Name? Chris Roberts Age? 42 Where are you from? Wales How did you get started in broadcasting? Cardiff Journalism School When was that? 1987 Why News broadcasting? The immediacy Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before? BBC and Independent local radio and… Read more

Name? Sasha Herriman Age? 35 Where are you from? The Westcountry. How did you get started in Broadcasting? Work experience with local TV. When was that? Many years ago! probably 1995. Why News Broadcasting? I was hooked from an early age. Where else would have… Read more

Name? Helen Fospero Age? 38 Where are you from? Lincolnshire How did you get started in broadcasting? I worked as a tea girl at my father’s newspaper when I was 14 (in school holidays and at weekends). I started work full time at another newspaper… Read more

Name? Jason Farrell Age? 35 Where are you from? Camden How did you get started in broadcasting? I got in to broadcasting by doing a post-grad diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Falmouth College in 1998 Why News broadcasting? No day is the same. Every story… Read more

Name? James Pearce Age? 35 Where are you from? I grew up in a village called Pirbright in Surrey How did you get started in broadcasting? I was at Exeter University. One evening I was sitting in my room, listening to the student radio station,… Read more

Name? James Mates Age? 44 Where are you from? Hampshire How did you get started in broadcasting? ITN Graduate Training scheme . When was that? 1983 Why News broadcasting? Never wanted to do anything else. Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before?… Read more

Name? Sean Fletcher Age? 31 Where are you from? I was born in New York, brought up in Essex, and now live in Wales. How did you get started in broadcasting? By accident…..after doing a degree in Geography, I trained to be a music producer…. Read more

Name? Kate Simms. But outside work its summat different! Age? 21? Oh , ok 30! Where are you from? Born in Cheshire, bred in Brum, Live in Sale. How did you get started in broadcasting? Got the bug thanks to my wonderful late uncle who… Read more

Name? CAROLINE HAWLEY Age? 39 Where are you from? UK, BUT BORN IN NIGERIA How did you get started in broadcasting? IN BBC WORLD SERVICE RADIO. When was that? 1995. A BIT LATE IN THE DAY — I WAS WORKING IN PRINT JOURNALISM BEFORE Why… Read more

Name? Andrew Harding Age? 39 Where are you from? Surrey, I guess. But I’ve been an expat more or less full-time since the age of six. How did you get started in broadcasting? I got a broadcast diploma from City University, then decided to try… Read more

Name? Fiona Bruce Age? 42 Where are you from? London How did you get started in broadcasting? As a researcher on Panorama When was that? Dec 1989 Why News broadcasting? I was in current affairs for over 10 years before I started presenting in news… Read more

Name Keith Wilkinson Age Born 1956. Where are you from? Beautiful north Lancashire, overlooking the mountains of the Lake District. How did you get started in Broadcasting? Joined ITV Central News in Birmingham after ten years as a newspaper reporter in various parts of Britain…. Read more

Name? Sue Thearle Age? … a lady never reveals that Where are you from? Born in Stroud, grew up in Cornwall. How did you get started in broadcasting? at Sky Television as an Assistant Producer When was that? 1993 Why News broadcasting? I love the… Read more

Name? Richard Angwin Age? 47 Where are you from? Cornwall How did you get started in broadcasting? BBC needed cover for the main weather presenter.I auditioned for the part. When was that? About 1995. Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before? BBC… Read more

Name? Shaun Ley Age? 36 Where are you from? Devon How did you get started in broadcasting? Attended public auditions as a presenter for Junior That’s LIfe, then worked occasionally as a child actor. Eventually joined the BBC as a trainee journalist. When was that?… Read more

Name? David Crabtree Age? 45 Where are you from? Born and bred in Middlesbrough but moved to Oxfordshire at the age of 14. How did you get started in Broadcasting? I did a couple of weeks work experience at the Cumberland News, a weekly paper… Read more

Name? Shiulie Ghosh Age? 38 Where are you from? I was born in Leeds, my mum’s English, my dad’s Bengali. How did you get started in broadcasting? I always knew journalism was the job for me – I started my first school newspaper at the… Read more

Name? Paul Murphy Age? 38 Where are you from? Liverpool How did you get started in broadcasting? Community Radio – Radio Thamesmead South East London, executive in charge of the photocopier. When was that? 1989 Why News broadcasting? No two days at work are the… Read more

Name? Lindley Gooden Age? 35 but don’t tell anyone Where are you from? Born Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, and spent my formative years in Northamptonshire How did you get started in broadcasting? While working on a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, I made the mistake of… Read more

Name? Joe Wilson Age? 33 Where are you from? Leicester How did you get started in broadcasting? Very helpful people at BBC Radio Leicester took me under their wing and gave me an excellent foundation for all I’ve done subsequently When was that? I think… Read more

Name? Jayne Secker Where are you from? I was born in Northumberland, and grew up in the North East. How did you get started in Broadcasting? I did work experience from my mid-teens with my local paper and regional TV. While I was at University… Read more

Name? Rebecca Lowe Age? 25 Where are you from? Ealing, West London How did you get started in broadcasting? I won BBC Talent’s Search for a Football Reporter. When was that? It was in November 2002 when I was 6 months out of University. Why… Read more

Name? Roger Finn Age? 50 Where are you from? Hong Kong How did you get started in broadcasting? I joined RTHK as a radio reporter. When was that? 1980 Why News broadcasting? Because that was the only opening they had! Once I’d started, I just… Read more

Name? James Reynolds Age? 31 Where are you from? London How did you get started in broadcasting? I joined the BBC’s (now defunct) Regional Trainee Scheme after leaving university. When was that? 1997 Why News broadcasting? It’s what I’d always wanted to do (plus, I… Read more

Name? ANDREW NORTH Age? 37 Where are you from? UK How did you get started in broadcasting? RESEARCHER ON A BBC RADIO 4 PROGRAMME, THEN STARTED FREELANCING FOR BBC WORLD SERVICE When was that? 1995/96 Why News broadcasting? CURIOUS AND CONCERNED ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND… Read more

Name? Alistair Bunkall Age? 26 Where are you from? London (via Dorset) How did you get started in broadcasting? After graduating from Bristol University, I did the City University postgraduate course. When was that? 2004 Why News broadcasting? Always changing, fast paced, exciting, challenging and… Read more

Name? Lawrence McGinty Age? 58 Where are you from? Manchester How did you get started in broadcasting? When C4News started in 82 they were looking for journos who knew a bit about science and technology and ITN didn’t have any. When was that? 1982 Why… Read more

Name? Carrie Gracie Age? 44 Where are you from? Born in Bahrain, father Scots, mother English, grew up mostly in Aberdeenshire. How did you get started in broadcasting? World Service production trainee When was that? 1987 Why News broadcasting? Best job in the world when… Read more

Name? Sally Challoner Where are you from? Born Cheltenham, brought up in Bristol (Hartcliffe – my family and I witnessed the Hartcliffe riots from our sitting room…) How did you get started in broadcasting? I trained as a journalist on the Weston Mercury, a weekly… Read more

Name? Daniel Sandford Age? 39 Where are you from? Ethiopia via Oxford How did you get started in broadcasting? A job in computer graphics at ITN. When was that? 1989 Why News broadcasting? It’s the best job in the world, and it used to pay… Read more

Name Emma Hurd Age 34 Where are you from? Lincolnshire How did you get started in Broadcasting? Worked as a volunteer for my local BBC Radio Station when I was 16. After a degree at the LSE and a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at… Read more

Name? Steff Gaulter. Age? 27. Where are you from? Sway – a little village in the New Forest. How did you get started in Broadcasting? I joined the Met Office thinking I’d get sent to an RAF base, but instead I did a screen test… Read more

Name? Harry Gration Age? 55 Where are you from? Bradford How did you get started in broadcasting? Started doing match reports for radio Leeds in 1971….joined them full time in 78 and became sports editor in 1980 Why News broadcasting? I have always liked the… Read more

Name? Martine Dennis Age? 45 Where are you from? Born in London with Caribbean/Mauritian parents How did you get started in broadcasting? A graduate trainee at LBC/IRN (radio) When was that? January 1982 Why News broadcasting? Frankly, it was the first opportunity that was available…. Read more

Name? Olly Foster Age? 34 Where are you from? Born in London, 8 formative years in Cyprus, Back to London for Uni. How did you get started in broadcasting? Got an admin job at Capital Radio, blagged a job writing the traffic bulletins for Chris… Read more

Name Joanna Charlotte Rice Age 33 Where are you from? London How did you get started in Broadcasting? When I graduated I got a job at London Weekend Television as an Assistant Researcher. When was that? 10 years ago (1993) Why news/weather boardcasting? I’ve always… Read more

Name? Dominic Cotton Age? 38 Where are you from? London How did you get started in broadcasting? I spent a couple of years working as an actor before doing a post-graduate diploma at the Centre for Journalism Studies at Cardiff University. I then got a… Read more

Name? Mike Powell but I have been known as Benedict Taylor; a pseudonom I had to use when I worked at County Sound in Guildford. The Programme Director was…Mike Powell! Age? A state of mind Where are you from? My Mum but before that a… Read more

Name? Mark Mardell Age? Born 10.09.57 Where are you from? I was born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, lived most of my childhood in Banstead Surrey. How did you get started in broadcasting? After university I did a course in radio journalism at the London College of… Read more

Name? Andrew Winstanley Age? 35 Where are you from? Hagley, Worcestershire How did you get started in broadcasting? Work placement at BBC Midlands Today, then a BA (Hons) degree in Journalism at the London College of Printing. When was that? Degree course from 1992 Why… Read more

Name? Alec Wilkinson Age? 30 Where are you from? Kingston, Surrey How did you get started in broadcasting? Local radio in Italy (it’s a long story) When was that? 1994 Why News broadcasting? Knowing anything could happen next…and it usually does Where else would have… Read more

Name? Lorna Dunkley Age? 34 Where are you from? Bodmin, Cornwall How did you get started in broadcasting? Did Post Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism in Falmouth…then got researchers job at ITV Westcountry in Plymouth. When was that? 1993 Why News broadcasting? More interested in… Read more

Name? Matt Barbet Age? 29 Where are you from? Born in Chester, brought up in North Wales. How did you get started in broadcasting? Two weeks freelance at Red Dragon FM in Cardiff – and then post-grad at the city’s journalism school. When was that?… Read more

Name? Kirsty Lang Age? 43 Where are you from? London How did you get started in broadcasting? Started at the BBC as a graduate news trainee in 1985 after completing a degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics and a postgrad MA… Read more

Name? Catherine Marston Age? 35 Where are you from? Born in Portsmouth, grew up and was educated in Southampton. How did you get started in broadcasting? I started out in local radio at 16 working on a youth programme, after school, making cups of tea… Read more

Name? Enda Brady Age? 30 Where are you from? Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland How did you get started in broadcasting? I studied a BA (Hons) Journalism in Preston when I first came to England (1993), from there I joined the Press Association as a London-based… Read more

Name? Steve Scott Age? 40 ish Where are you from? b Stroud, Glos How did you get started in broadcasting? Working for nothing in the newsroom at Radio West in Bristol. When was that? 1984 Why News broadcasting? While it’s not as exciting as most… Read more

Name? Ian White Age? 34 Where are you from? Northumberland , born in hexham in 1971 How did you get started in broadcasting? Hospital radio station Radio Tyneside in Newcastle When was that? 1988 Why News broadcasting? Always wanted to be journalist, tell stories and… Read more

Name? David Jessel Age? Bloody hell. Just gone 60. Where are you from? England. How did you get started in broadcasting? Making tea on a 2 week contract in the BBC Birmingham newsroom in 1967. When was that? 1967 Why News broadcasting? I started in… Read more

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