I produced an episode of Woman’s Hour for Radio 4 from Salford on 19 December 2014 – you can listen to the episode here.
(and of course you’ve got to save for posterity your first on air credit)
I made my reporting debut on Radio 4. I interviewed a mother and daughter from an estate in Bradford with their pet Shetland Pony, Billy, who they keep on the estate.
You can listen to the piece here – from 29 minutes in.
Here, in the latest of my theatre audioboos, I review Ivo Van Hove’s stripped down production of Arthur Miller’s famous one act tragedy – A View From The Bridge. Mark Strong and Nicola Walker lead the cast in what is one of the best pieces of theatre in 2014.
In the UK nearly 100,000 people now live with HIV, but awareness of the condition remains low. One in four young people claim to learn nothing about HIV in school.
Young gay and bisexual men are one of the largest groups diagnosed HIV positive each year. In this documentary I investigate what’s being done with this group to halt the spread of the virus – and speaks to two young people blogging about living with HIV.
CREDITS: “Dark Fog” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
AIDS ICEBERG/TOMBSTONE Advert (1986)
Crown Copyright used under Fair Dealing.
IMAGE: Red Ribbon/TTFNROB – Licensed under Creative Commons
I’ve been working at BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme at MediaCityUK in Salford. A flagship daily national consumer programme. The following have so far made it on air, with two more due to air in the coming weeks:
14/4/14 Erudio Student Loans Item at 25′ 10″
Pitched the story having seen growing concern from graduates in forums and on twitter. Used twitter to find a case study, carried out a pre-recorded interview. Briefed the presenter and reporter for an on air two-way to explain the situation.
I researched the story, found an expert in the key location as well as pest control practitioner to take the reporter to see a church affected by the pesticide resistant rats. Set up all the interviews and produced a full brief for the reporter.
Picked up this story from the producer. Worked with the RNIB to find a case study and an interviewee for the programme – prepared the script and briefed the presenter ahead of a pre-record with the case study and the spokesperson. Edited the package down to an agreed time for broadcast.
Pitched the story at 8am meeting – after hearing about the report from sources in the student sector. Got straight on to the IFS, who published the report, and fixed up an interview with the report’s authors to go along side voxes from current students. Prepared the script and briefing for the presenter.
Found a forum post about two popular tv shopping channels going into administration. Pitched a feature based on whether online shopping has had its day. Found a former presenter and convinced him to go on air along with a retail journalist to talk in general about the sector. Produced script and briefing materials for the presenter and edited a package of audio from the shopping to illustrate the piece on air.
Saw that the days programmes was a story short, and having kept an eye on the erudio story spotted that graduates were complaining of having money taken without permission – as they’d feared. I found a case study at short notice – interviewed him and edited it for broadcast and briefed the presenter and a reporter for a two-way whilst providing Erudio with a right to reply. This story has since been followed up by BBC 5Live, and I’ve been able to provide them with help in finding a case study.
Saw coverage of ClearAccount in The Times (£) and pitched as a story for you and yours. Developed it as a package about the safety of using such a service as well as the problems of bank overdraft fees. I successfully convinced the British Bankers Association to take part, and got a neutral personal finance expert to explain the ClearAccount product and risks. Made sure that ClearAccount were given a right to reply. Provided script and briefing for the presenter.
UPDATE 14/05/14: Two more pieces have been broadcast since i finished my first stint:
I pitched this this discussion after seeing details of proposed changes to the rules on copying for personal use. I cast the discussion, and did additional research to ensure the cue and presenter questions were prepared well in advance.
I was asked to development a treatment for a story about stockings infused with pheromones. I researched and found a suitable columnist to road test the product. I then found an expert from Durham university as well as a fragrance expert and set up a day’s recording for the reporter producing a full brief for the package.
Report for City University on the Law Commission recommendation to legally recognise pre-nuptial agreements in English law.
Showreel – voicers from trial of Joshua and Jerome Ellis at Guildford Crown Court for 96.4 Eagle Radio
I provided freelance court reports from the trail of two young men accused of killing their mother’s partner for Eagle Radio. This was a complicated case with a number of legal issues, mostly down to the age of one of his accused. The key witness was the younger brother, 14 year old, Joshua Ellis. Due to his age he would ordinarily be anonymous. But I confirmed with the court clerk that in this reporting restrictions had been lifted and that he could be named, despite the fact he’d given evidence from behind a screen. I was able to summarise the day’s dramatic evidence into two short second voice clips – picking out the most newsworthy pieces of evidence whilst giving a balanced view of the day in court. These could then be used in different bulletins for the drive time programme. I used my iPhone and Dropvox to deliver my reports in a single take direct to the studio playout system, so that they would require no editing by the newsreader and could go straight on air at the earliest opportunity.
Two voicers broadcast on Eagle Radio 96.4 FM on 21 December 2013.