Two things I said I would never do were news and breakfast television… the lesson learnt was NEVER say there’s something you won’t do!
But it all started a million years ago when I joined BBC Current Affairs straight out of my secretarial crammer course for gals!
I worked on Panorama, Question Time and The Money Programme and bombarded the 6 o’clock nightly news magazine programme with truly appalling ideas for their show.
Next stop was Radio Leicester and Radio Derby.
There I perfected the art of carrying a tray of teas and coffees, all the newspapers and a great pile of tapes – at the same time.
I learnt how to manoeuvre the radio car onto the pavement in order to interview unsuspecting members of the public at a moments notice and found out just how horrid it is getting up to do the breakfast shift!
Luckily Central Television didn’t do breakfast telly, so after training for a year at ITN, the “never doing news” claim hit the dust.
But it wasn’t all news – we also manage to infiltrate the realms of fashion, health, beauty and environmental programming.
But all good things come to an end (although I don’t know why they should) and the last “never do” was about to become – the next job!!
GMTV or to give it its proper name – Good Morning Television – although ‘morning’ is pushing it rather – it ought to be called ‘Middle of the Night TV’.
Up at 3am (argh!!!) But a girl can only miss her beauty sleep for so long, so after eight years of news casting, cookery, foreign travel and fun it was back home to Leicestershire, lots of friends and a job with the BBC reading the evening news….my dream came true!!