Where are you from?
How did you get started in broadcasting?
By accident, I joined BBC Radio 3 in London to clear my student debt , and intended to leave after 6 months but never did. A year later, I met the chief newsreader of Radio 4 Peter Donaldson in a pub and he said he was looking for younger voices and that was it I was hooked.
When was that?
Why News broadcasting?
Its addictive, I’m a news bore , my idea of a great weekend is reading all the newspapers. Live broadcasting is thrilling – it never goes according to plan. I like the adrenalin thrill of having to deliver for the rest of the team.
Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before?
I’ve worked on Radio 3 – I’m presenting a series of concerts this Autumn; on Radio 4 where I cut my teeth, I was the voice of the news, the shipping forecast and I even announced the Archers ! I have a daily morning programme on BBC Radio Wales between 11 – 12.
What is your Best on-air moment?
I love elections – there are no script – you are simply reliant on how well you’ve read the briefs.
What is your Worst on-air moment?
Gagging live on air eating an oyster for the first time at the Royal Welsh Show .
What would you like to do before your career ends?
Write some more books.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read and travel.
What advice would you give to anyone that would like to get into the broadcasting world?
Get a first degree, do a postgrad in journalism, forget quality of life for the first ten years – do all the shifts no one else wants to do, and find yourself a mentor in the industry someone to sound out – Peter Donaldson was mine and still is after all these years
A big thanks to Jamie 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? Christian Fraser Age? 32 Where are you from? Burnley How did you get started in broadcasting? I started with BBC Radio Five Live. When was that? 2000 Why News broadcasting? I used to work in print with The Mirror.... Read more