Monthly Archives: June 2012

BBC Points West; My Accidental Career

Very soon I was presenting the Breakfast Bulletins for three days and co-presenting the main evening news programme a couple of days a week. The early shift was really good fun. Everyone involved with the Breakfast News, because of the … Continue reading

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What Jonathan thought of his retreat

After seeing an advert for Annie McKie’s Writing Retreat in a writer’s magazine, I decided to check out the web site and was sold, booking there and then. On arrival I found the setting was perfect. My room, warm and … Continue reading

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Life in the Bubble. My Accidental Career

My first job at BBC Points West was presenting the regional news bulletins…. the two or three minute summaries that were broadcast throughout the day, starting at six o’clock in the morning and finishing at ten thirty in the evening. … Continue reading

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What Lucy thought about her retreat

‘The days I spent at Keystone exceeded all my hopes. I found the beautiful house and Forest powerfully inspiring. In just two days Annie grasped what I’m trying to write about and helped bring my book to life. I don’t … Continue reading

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Mark Byford and BBC Points West. My Accidental Career.

After about eighteen months at HTV West I yearned to be taken more seriously. Well, seriously, really, MORE didn’t come into it. We were regarded, by the Presentation Editor, as a parade of clearly spoken glamour pusses. The only notes … Continue reading

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My Accidental Career: The poor man’s Esther

When I sent my show reel to HTV Continuity, I also sent one to the regional programmes people in Bristol. They called me in and gave me a camera test for their consumer programme. It was called “So you Think … Continue reading

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