Jonathan Samuels: Questions and Answers

Name?
Jonathan Samuels

Age?
31

Where are you from?
Chester

How did you get started in Broadcasting?
In radio as a student and then with BBC Radio Cornwall

When was that?
1995

Why News broadcasting?
Because of the variety – every day is a blank sheet of paper…and when the day is over it’s old news and time to move on to the next assignment.

Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before?
As a reporter and presenter with BBC Look East or BBC Spotlight in the South West.

What is your Best on-air moment?
Doing a piece to camera in the rear seat of an ex-red arrow jet owned by a businessman (and landing safely despite the pilot having failed to get into the RAF twice because of his poor eyesight)

What is your Worst on-air moment?
Reading the weather as Matchy pist and drivel

What would you like to do before your career ends?
Plead and beg with whoever was trying to end it.

What advice would you give to anyone that would like to get into the news broadcasting world?
Try plumbing – the man who fitted my new heating boiler told me he’s on 100 grand a year! But if you are determined to get into broadcasting get involved with your local hospital/college/local radio station. Work for free, make the tea, keep asking questions. Consider getting a degree and then doing a post grad diploma in journalism. Be polite but persistent.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Fret about paying too much for my new boiler.

A big thanks to Jonathan for taking part.

Add a Comment
Last updated: Thursday 21 May 2009

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…

Name? Jonathan Charles Age? 41 Where are you from? Nottingham,England. How did you get started in broadcasting? I started out helping out at BBC Radio Nottingham before they kindly agreed that I could broadcast. When was that? That was 1980. Why News broadcasting? I grew…

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…

Name? John Simpson Age? 61 Where are you from? Suffolk, via London. How did you get started in broadcasting? As a half-pay junior sub-editor in the Radio Newsroom, aged 22. When was that? 1 September 1966. Everything was completely different except at the BBC, which…

Name? Jonathan Morrell Age? 33 Where are you from? Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire How did you get started in Broadcasting? Through hospital radio and by answering the phones at BBC Radio Cornwall. One of the presenters left suddenly and the boss asked me if…