Where are you from?
Sussex originally, but consider myself a Londoner
How did you get started in broadcasting?
By volunteering on the youth programme on my local BBC radio station. I was rubbish, because I knew nothing about the local indie bands that were the mainstay of the output. But I loved radio instantly, and moved on to work on all the other shows on the station.
When was that?
I was 16.
Why News broadcasting?
I loved it, and felt it was at the heart of what the BBC does.
Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before?
On BBC1: One o’clock news, 6 o’clock news, weekend bulletins, Breakfast; all the news programmes on Radio 5 Live; BBC World; years ago, on BBC South Today.
What is your Best on-air moment?
One of the most dramatic and challenging was the day US forces captured Saddam Hussein. I broadcast continuously for nearly 8 hours.
What is your Worst on-air moment?
The most upsetting was covering the first anniversary of September 11th, from Ground Zero in New York. Eight hours of interviewing rescue workers, and people who’d lost loved ones in the twin towers. Extraordinarily moving.
What would you like to do before your career ends?
Appear as a newsreader on Dr Who! I’m addicted. Russell T Davies is a genius.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Anything involving the Arts. I could go to the theatre every night, I love it – though sadly I can’t on my hours. I also enjoy eating out, and going to the gym.
What advice would you give to anyone that would like to get into the broadcasting world?
Don’t do it unless you’re passionate about it. It’s great fun, but it’s not glamorous.
A big thanks to Jane for taking part.
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