Wow. Yesterday me and a few other people from the Headstart course (Kaspian, Nathan, Sonya and Kelan) went along to the BBC studio’s to watch a live radio broadcast and I have to say the atmosphere there was amazing. On the way there I had found out that Strictly Come Dancing was filmed there and that in itself excited me! When we arrived we announced ourselves and were given official looking BBC name tags and then a man that works on the radio show came down to take us up to the studio. Even before we got into the studio there was a sense of excitement in the air, probably emanating from me and I couldn’t wait to get into the studio.
When we got into the studio we were welcomed by the producer of the show, Jo Tongue. She told us that Andy Anson (world cup bid chief) would be on the show giving his first interview after the disappointment of England not winning the World cup bid and everyone in the studio was enthralled about this. We had obviously picked the best day to visit!
I was so impressed watching everyone that worked on the show, I mean it was live and they all were working very hard, but they also managed to keep their sense of humour- especially Jo, who had the most demanding job there. I never realised how much work actually goes into the shows. I mean you have the people speaking to the callers, making sure they put the best ones through, the people organising everything that happens on the actual show and the presenters, who have to think fast on their feet.
After watching it all, I came away wanting to do it all over again. I had so many questions I wish I had thought of while I was there. What was the best part of the job? Do they find it hard to keep impartial when speaking to callers? What’s the most demanding part of the job? etcetera.
All I can say is although its hard work, I would definately love to work there!