Author Archives: David Spencer

Knowing When To Quit Is Never Easy

In the last few weeks two ‘legends’ of sport commentary have either retired or announced they’re about to; or as the journalist cliche goes, they are ‘hanging up their microphones’. So farewell it will be to John Motson, who’s leaving … Continue reading

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S-Town – An emotional rollercoaster; radio at its very best

At the end of the final episode of S-Town, presenter Brian Reed thanks what he calls ‘the best podcast team in the world’. Over statement? Probably not. From the makers of Serial, S-Town is a superb piece of radio storytelling … Continue reading

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Bruce Forsyth – nice to lead with, to lead with nice

As a radio journalist I have witnessed and taken part in some furious debates over the years about what to lead a bulletin with. However, there is often more than one right answer. I often tell students that there can … Continue reading

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Mentoring. How a session works and how it could help you

When people ask me about the ‘Media Mentor’ and the idea behind it, one of the first things they want to establish is how it works. Put simply, mentoring is about supporting you achieve your goals or make significant progress … Continue reading

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The Media Mentor take on BBC pay

Amid all the ranting and raging about BBC pay, there were some serious issues raised and some comical moments too. Watching and listening to the BBC broadcast shows talking about themselves often falls into the latter category. Presenters refusing to … Continue reading

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Confessions of a broadcaster: Live or not so live?

Radio commentator Paul Donovan wrote in the Sunday Times this week about a recent incident on Classic FM, when Bill Turnbull made a ‘mistake’ about a piece of music – twice – seemingly indicating that his lunchtime show was pre-recorded. … Continue reading

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The Lost Art Of The Compilation

I’ve written before about how technology’s extraordinary pace of development brings with it both benefits and negatives, especially in media, where faster processing of information and data allows fewer staff to be employed and increases the risk of mistakes. Not … Continue reading

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Twitter – the light and the dark

The positive power of the internet and its negative impact have been highlighted in different ways and through different stories over the last two weeks. While Katy Hopkins finally paid the price for her often pernicious and vitriolic comments, the … Continue reading

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Does your CV contain fake news?

If you’ve ever seen The Apprentice in the final weeks of a series, you will know that ridiculous interview round, where the candidates are ‘grilled’ by associates of Sir Alan Sugar. It’s ridiculous because it’s such an extreme scenario. It’s … Continue reading

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University or life? Taking the best option.

Two items from the news relating to university students struck me recently. The first was news that getting a first class degree now sees those graduates on average earning more. The second followed an interview with┬áMary Curnock Cook, who is … Continue reading

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