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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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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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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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The power of the pond

Lucy , my first paying customer, was fan-bloody-tastic. Initially I’d been apprehensive, mainly about practical issues like food. She told me very early on that she’s wheat, dairy and sugar intolerant. Once I’d got my head round it, it was … Continue reading

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The Welsh border and what puts the creativity into Creative Writing?

One of the interesting things about HTV continuity, apart from keeping my vast shoulder pads in place and learning how to look and sound calm at all times, was the fact that the Welsh and English studios were next to … Continue reading

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Bringing your Family History to Life.

The April course we ran was really successful. It was sold out and everyone seemed to have an enjoyable and useful time. Except for one poor lady who brought along her teenage grandson. See my blog for how her day … Continue reading

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Sprouted seeds and Spelt Bread

If things had gone according to plan, I’d now be sitting with my first Retreat guest, discussing her writing (interesting and painful) and how she might develop it further. I’d then have left her to her work and tottered back … Continue reading

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HTV, Anneka, Equity and me.

Think Susie Blake in Victoria Wood on TV. We had a TV Times. That was it. It sat on the desk, open on the day’s page, ready for any catastrophe. Usually we only had to introduce the programmes or look … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? My Accidental Career

Names. They’re important to me. Choosing names for our children was a time consuming and fractious experience. Going through the same thing with my daughter was just as time consuming but more annoying in that I didn’t (although I tried, … Continue reading

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