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Thursday 21 May 2009

Emma Hurd


Where are you from?

How did you get started in Broadcasting?
Worked as a volunteer for my local BBC Radio Station when I was 16. After a degree at the LSE and a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the London College of Printing I returned to BBC Radio …this time for money !

When was that?
Got my first job as a local radio reporter in 1991

Why news/weather broadcasting?
I like the buzz of broadcasting live, breaking stories and getting to witness world changing events first hand. The travel’s great too.

Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before?
I was a reporter and a presenter on BBC East Midlands Today. I also worked as a reporter/presenter for Central News East

What is your Best on-air moment?
Broadcasting live by phone from Basra while lying on the ground to dodge the bullets as British troops arrived in the city during the Iraqi war. Close second …broadcasting live from the middle of a football riot during the France 98 World cup.

What is your Worst on-air moment?
Again top two…Getting punched in the back while live on air outside Buckingham Palace on the morning after Diana’s death. And …having food and bottles thrown at me by some less than friendly football fans while I was live on air during France 98.

What would like to do before your career ends?
Witness the signing of a peace deal that will end the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read, see friends and….sleep

What advice would you give to anyone that would like to get into the broadcasting world?
Be pro-active. Call your local newspaper, radio/tv station and volunteer.

A big thanks to Emma for taking part.