What does it take to work in our News Production team?
‘An interview with Jeremy Paxman is not out of the ordinary, Jim explains…’
What’s your career journey been like up until now?
Exciting, varied, challenging and very busy. I’ve been a floor manager for 15 years and have been very fortunate to work on many, major news events as well as having the opportunity to meet and work with people ranging from Heads of State to pop stars.
What does a typical day working here look like for you?
There is no typical day – in live News broadcasting you have to expect the unexpected. I work shifts, so sometimes I get up at 3am and on other days I get home at 3am. Within a working day we have certain constants – ensuring the studio is safe, the news programmes run smoothly and that guests and presenters are happy – but beyond that almost anything can happen.
If you’ve been here over one year, how have you made a difference in your role?
Our team works hard to constantly assess and update how we work, to ensure we can deliver everything that producers and presenters require of us, both for daily, rolling News and new or one-off programmes.
What’s been your proudest moment since working here?
There have been many, but something fun that stands out was being interviewed 1-on-1 by Jeremy Paxman for an hour, with me playing Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May, as we rehearsed for a 2016 General Election Q&A programme. Paxman gave me a really tough grilling!
What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job?
I particularly enjoy broadcasting live, which brings urgency and a need for accuracy and efficiency. There’s no hiding place when things go wrong, so it’s my job to ensure nothing does.
Describe your work/life balance?
I really enjoy shift work, as it provides a lot of variety and the chance to work on different shows and in different locations, as well as giving me the opportunity to find some free time outside of conventional business hours. News is a 24/7 business, meaning we work weekends, Christmas etc.. so you have to be a 24/7 person too.
What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career?
Hard work, initiative, enthusiasm and energy will help you to get ahead. I treat every day at work as if it’s my first, which ensures I stay focused, highly motivated and conscious of making a difference.
An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you?
I feed puns and one-liners to guests all the time. They don’t always use them, though….