17 Top tips



By now it’s clear to all that life as a presenter won’t be easy or achieved swiftly. It’s time, perhaps, for a ‘little list’ as Gilbert and Sullivan would have it, of vital attributes and objectives. As always, you can quibble and disagree because there are no set rules in this game. Here is a collection of ideas from insiders: reporters, presenters, editors, producers and even a cameraman who has to film your antics.


Getting in …

These days in broadcasting the bias is overwhelmingly towards formal journalism training. I believe it is technically possible, even today, to become a broadcaster with no formal training — although it’s harder to get a job that way.

A lot of your career will depend ...

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