You're here: Home - Questions and Answers - David Jessel

David Jessel - Questions and Answers

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 radio broadcasting – BBC Radio 4 World at One, which gave me my big break for the Paris riots of 68. I was first voice on LBC, the first independent radio station in GB. Then I left to do TV current affairs – wars, earthquakes, elections and so on. Then specialised in Miscarrtiages of Justice – Rough Justice on BBC, then Trial and Error on Channel 4. Then moved out of telly to do miscarriages of jsutice for real as a Commissioner on the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Had never done live news till BBC World began, and just love the buzz of live – though couldn’t do it more than a couple of times a week cos of other commitments.

Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before?
Rough Justice, Heart of the Matter, HardTalk (BBC) Trial and Error, Dispatches C4.

What is your Best on-air moment?
Just whenever I get the best out of an interviewee.

What is your Worst on-air moment?
Interviewing Petula Clark in the belief that she was Julie Andrews.

What would you like to do before your career ends?
Freelance careers never end. We just get shunted ever further into the shadows. I’ve been v lucky and had a ball and won 3 Royal Television Soc. Gongs but most of all I’ve been interested.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Look after my third son (6) and first daughter (2) eat drink and go to Italy.

What advice would you give to anyone that would like to get into the broadcasting world?
None. If you’re any good you’ll already be doing somethng to show you’re serious – student journalism, local radio whatever.

Other Information?
Co-author worldwide bestselling book on male and female brain – BrainSex.

A big thanks to David for taking part.

Updated: Thursday 21 May 2009

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….