I left the BBC after 34 years and am now putting all those skills I've honed to good use as a freelancer. I am open to work hands-on or mentoring in TV & Radio Presentation/Reporting/Production as well as Voiceover work, Event Hosting and Webcast Production.
Current & recent projects:
Reporter - BBC Radio 4 “Costing the Earth” TX 23/3/21
Producer/Director - Major live stream show & campaign for hospice charity. TX 26/3/21
Host & Interviewer - Live webcast launch of Northumbria Police Commissioner future plans. TX 12/2/21
Host - Major online event for NHS GP’s/hospitals. April 2021
Talk / Q&A - Regional Journalism and its future. April 2021
Host & Interviewer - RTS online event - TV & Film, working with Covid April 2021
Online Mentor - Workshopping for foreign journalist training. March 2021
Producer - Documentary development, Newcastle based. Ongoing
2002 - 2020
SENIOR PRESENTER/REPORTER & SENIOR PRODUCER - BBC Inside Out
SENIOR PRODUCER/DIRECTOR - Documentaries (BBC One, Two & Four)
Back in 2002 I joined BBC ONE's new regional current affairs series INSIDE OUT as the main Presenter/Reporter. What many viewers never realised was that I also produced many of the films.
This unusual combination of working both in-front & behind the camera was hugely beneficial when directing guest presenters as I know just how it feels! As well as directing I was also self-shooting and rough editing.
I won the award of BEST PRESENTER (Royal Television Society - NE & the Border) five times during this period. The programme itself regularly won RTS awards (local & National) for its in-depth investigative journalism and high production values.
When not on air with INSIDE OUT I researched, directed, produced & presented network documentaries for BBC One, Two & Four.
These titles included:
WORLD WAR ONE AT HOME; PUBS, PONDS AND POWER; VILLAGES BY THE SEA; RESTORING ENGLAND'S HERITAGE; WILD WEATHER; NATURE OF BRITAIN; FROM THE DALES TO THE SEA ; SEVEN NATURAL WONDERS and SENSE OF PLACE.
During this time I was also asked by Network BBC programmes to work as an on-screen reporter such as THE ONE SHOW and WATCHDOG DAILY.
LIVE EVENT PRODUCER for Royal Television Society
As part of my work with the RTS I conceived & produced public events such as:
2018: 360° Documentary "Damming the Nile" with BBC correspondent Alastair Leithead -Mima, Middlesbrough.
2014: Countdown to local Televisison - Live Theatre.
2001 - 2002
PROJECT MANAGER - Roll out & launch of BBC local websites
I had a very interesting year out to put a very different skillset to good use. As an early adopter of tech I had gained a lot of experience in web design in my spare time and I was asked by the BBC to lead the roll out of all its new local websites in the North of England. It was an honour to be in at the start of something brand new. I trained as a project manager and then built the service from scratch in charge of content design, recruitment & training of staff, quality control and launch.
It was the BBC's fastest and most successful roll out of any new service and it was on budget and on time!
1992 - 2001
TV NEWS ANCHOR & REPORTER - BBC Look North
I joined BBC LOOK NORTH as a reporter but moved on to reading bulletins before becoming the region's main Evening News Anchor alongside Carol Malia when it became a double-headed programme in 1996.
It was great to combine live studio and location work alongside regular reporting.
This great mix also included presenting the live regional opts of the mega broadcasting marathon that is BBC CHILDREN IN NEED.
1991 - 1992
TV REPORTER & NEWSREADER - BBC Midlands
I moved into TV with an attachment to the BBC's brand new regional news programme for the East Midlands. Based in Nottingham I was writing and producing bulletins as well as reporting on the main programme.
Quite by chance I got a lucky break and had to step in a read a bulletin with only a few minutes notice and no training - Luckily my radio experience not only got me through but got me noticed.
As I neared the end of my attachment I was poached by the Birmingham newsroom and joined the main MIDLANDS TODAY team.
1988 - 1990
RADIO SHOW PRESENTER - BBC Radio
I produced & presented a daily live news programme on BBC Radio Newcastle each lunchtime which was a real seat of the pants time as so many of the stories were still being packaged up or breaking as we went on air.
Later I was asked to produce and present a 2nd daily news programme at Drivetime.
These two "newshours" became a staple part of the Radio Newcastle schedule.
1986 - 1988
DISTRICT PRODUCER - BBC Radio
For 2 years I had one of the best jobs in the BBC when I joined the corporation as its District Producer covering Northumberland. I had my own studio in Alnwick and made packages and did live inserts into all of Radio Newcastle's programmes, not just news.
This job meant really getting involved with the local communities to find original stories whilst also being the BBC's ambassador in the county.
1984 - 1986
NEWS REPORTER & NEWSREADER - Swansea Sound
Although I started out as newsroom junior I soon proved my ability and rapidly rose to become the peak time breakfast newsreader. This was during a fascinating period - the Miners' strike which involved enormous sensitivities in this coal-rich area. I also devised and produced a new "innovation" strand that examined and celebrated the cutting edge research and manufacturing of South & West Wales.
1980 - 1983
NEWS & SPORTS REPORTER - Mercia Sound
Whilst a student at Warwick University I was also working at the newly launched commerical radio station Mercia Sound. Initially behind the scenes, I soon started reading sports bulletins and working in the newsroom as a reporter and was a key part of the team on specials such as election programmes and OB's.
After gaining a degree at Warwick in 1983 I left Mercia to do a post grad in Journalism at University College, Cardiff to gain a formal media qualification.