Where are you from?
How did you get started in broadcasting?
My first broadcasting job was with Plymouth Sound – an independent radio station in Devon.
When was that?
1986 – if my memory serves me right.
Why news broadcasting?
If you’re a newspaper reporter you often do a lot of your work on the phone. If you’re a television reporter you have to actually be there, witnessing events for yourself, meeting the people involved. Every day is different; every day is unpredictable.
Where else would viewers seen or heard you before?
I used to work as a freelance for ITN and Reuters. I worked for a year at a radio station Metro News in Hong Kong.
What is your best on-air moment?
Reporting from Arctic Canada with Royal Marines walking to the North Pole. Didn’t quite there myself but pretty close.
What is your worst on-air moment?
Reporting from Devon at height of foot and mouth crisis in front of a pit of 600 cattle that had been dead for a week. The cameramen was busy being sick in between live broadcasts.
What would you like to do before your career ends?
In a live broadcast answer a question from the studio: To be absolutley honest, I haven’t got the faintest idea. Ask me another one.
What do you do in your spare time?
Fly a microlight.
What advice would you give to anyone starting in broadcasting?
Get experience with a small outfit whether it be student radio or your free local newspaper. Your help will be much more appreciated and you will get more experience than you would with a larger organisation.
A big thanks to Andy for taking part.