Meet Kim, our Playout Controller
‘The company itself is working hard to represent women in the workplace.’
What’s your career journey been like up until now?
My first job in television was as a trainee Transmission Technician in the VT department at Meridian Television in Southampton. Three years later I applied for a secondment as a Transmission Controller, where I looked after the output of Meridian, Anglia and HTV West. The secondment led to a full-time position, then when all regional TV moved to London two years later, redundancy led me to Sky and 15 years later I’m still here!
What does a typical day working here look like for you?
In Playout we work 12 hour shifts and a mixture of days, mids and nights. My job includes monitoring the output of Sky’s live Sport and News channels, loading schedules and manipulating them if necessary, speaking to studios and OBs, counting programmes to air and in/out of commercial breaks, dealing with over/underruns, breaking news, missing material and trouble-shooting any on-air issues.
If you’ve been here over one year, how have you made a difference in your role?
I hope I have demonstrated that my job can be performed just as successfully on a part time basis as full time and managed alongside family life. Even though I work reduced hours I still feel that I make a valid contribution to the department.
What’s been your proudest moment since working here?
I’m proud to tell people I work for such a forward thinking company like Sky. The benefits are great, flexible working is supported and the company itself is working hard to represent women in the workplace.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job?
Getting to work on such a variety of live sporting events on a regular basis and the adrenaline rush I get with the knowledge that anything can happen at any time and the output of the channel I’m working on is in my hands!
Describe your work/life balance?
I am a part time shift worker, alongside being a full time mum. Generally I work one night shift midweek and a mixture of days/mids/nights at the weekend. Shift work can be tough but also has its benefits and for me it’s being able to balance home life with a job I love.
What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career?
A willingness to learn, staying focused, positivity and a determination to succeed.
An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you?
I used to play the violin and got to Grade 6 standard.