Where are you from?
Not Planet Television, that’s for sure. I’m Bucks born and bred.
How did you get started in broadcasting?
I was Fashion Editor on the Daily Mirror ten years ago, and was invited in to This Morning on Granada and the Sky News studios to comment on the catwalk shows and discuss other fashion stories. I was so nervous, I gripped the newsdesk till me knuckles turned white. Broadcast work developed from there, though I’m still not sure how I ended up in front of a camera on a regular basis.
Why News broadcasting?
As a specialist reporter, I love the thrill of knowing a subject inside out and being able to talk off-pat with some authority about almost anything in my field.
Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before?
I work regularly for BBC TV, Newsnight, Radio 5 Live and LBC. I also work as Contributing Editor for YOU magazine (Mail on Sunday), and write for a number of national newspapers and magazines.
What is your Best on-air moment?
The ones where I’m smiling.
What is your Worst on-air moment?
A Live link on Live at Five at the Paris shows a few years back. We’d been working our guts out all week, and I’d had about ten hours sleep over seven days. I had been editing at the Reuters bureau in Paris and had ten minutes to get across town in the rush hour. My only option was to hitch a lift on the back of a motorbike. I was petrified, and the driver knew it, and played on it. I’m claustrophobic in crash helmets and came off a bike riding pillion as a teenager. The journey triggered an asthma attack and I went on air barely able to breathe, let alone talk. I have no idea what I said, but the link seemed to last forever.
What would you like to do before your career ends?
Finish my kitchen. Edit Vogue magazine. Publish a book. Have children. Win the lottery. All the usual stuff.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What is spare time?!? Er… I love playing golf, knitting, needlework, DIY, films, reading, sleeping, sorting out my shoes, doing my VAT return…..
What advice would you give to anyone that would like to get into the broadcasting world?
Drop the ego. Pick up knowledge. Be passionate about whatever you do. It’s not a job, it’s a way of life.
A big thanks to Karen for taking part.
Name? Kirsty Lang Age? 43 Where are you from? London How did you get started in broadcasting? Started at the BBC as a graduate news trainee in 1985 after completing a degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics and a postgrad MA…
Name? Kirsty McCabe Where are you from? Kilmarnock, Ayrshire (home of Johnnie Walker whisky) How did you get started in broadcasting? I was working at New Scientist magazine when a colleague pointed out an advert for the Met Office seeking a Broadcast Meteorologist. He joked…
Name? Kate Simms. But outside work its summat different! Age? 21? Oh , ok 30! Where are you from? Born in Cheshire, bred in Brum, Live in Sale. How did you get started in broadcasting? Got the bug thanks to my wonderful late uncle who…
Name? Karin Giannone Age? 29 Where are you from? I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but moved to the UK when I was 2 and grew up in Edinburgh, Sussex and Kent.. How did you get started in broadcasting? I edited ‘Varsity,’the student newspaper…
Name? Katharine Witty Where are you from? London How did you get started in Broadcasting? Left the press association to freelance starting at carlton London tonight and news24. mainly producing to start with. When was that? About 1998 Why news/weather broadcasting? Just news I’m afraid…