With three children under 5 — too old.
Where are you from?
How did you get started in broadcasting?
Through a CSV project — work experience in a local radio station. Got bitten by the broadcasting bug. Worked in Leeds for an independent station, then Lincoln for the BBC. From there I got a job as a reporter on the World At One/PM programmes. That’s where my career really began.
When was that?
In the 1980’s — last century. The olden days, as my kids tell me.
Why News broadcasting?
Every day is different. New stories breaking and there’s a buzz I have never experienced anywhere else. Where else can you go live at a moments notice.
Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before?
I’ve worked on the World At One, PM, Today and Breakfast News as a reporter. News Correspondent, Foreign News and as a Presenter on News 24 and Weekend 24.
What is your Best on-air moment?
Covering the fall of Srebrenica from Sarajevo during the war. Dreadful circumstances — but knew I had to get that story out. I lost count of the number of two-ways I did that day. Everything I’d learned was utilised.
What is your Worst on-air moment?
I am sure that has yet to come.
What would you like to do before your career ends?
Play guitar live with Michael Schenker/Steve Vai/Eric Johnson/Steve Morse in front of half a million screaming fans and be worshipped as a Rock God — ‘though no spandex. My expanding girth prevents that.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Play guitar and have fun with my kids — keeps a cynical old hack like me from getting too dismissive of the world.
What advice would you give to anyone that would like to get into the broadcasting world?
The job is changing. Be flexible. Be prepared to listen and learn from people that are better than you. Know the law (I sound like Judge Dread here) and always retain your enthusiasm and sense of humour. Ride out the bad times and stay focussed on what you want to achieve.
A big thanks to David for taking part.
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.... 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... 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... Read more
Name? Caroline Wyatt Age? 38 Where are you from? Born in Darlinghurst, Australia but am British (it’s a long story!) How did you get started in broadcasting? I was very lucky – I joined the BBC as a news trainee... Read more