Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication











Steve Holden: Entertainment Reporter, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat & 1Xtra News

Steve graduated from Leeds University in 2003 and worked as a reporter at Hallam FM in Sheffield until 2006. He then moved to IRN in London as a newsreader and reporter before going freelance in 2009. Steve freelanced for 18 months, working at places including Sky News Radio, reporting at BBC London, doing multimedia work at ITN and Sky and producing for 5Live. He moved to Newsbeat at Radio 1 in 2010 where he is currently an Entertainment Reporter where he’s covered stories including the Love Parade tragedy in Germany, Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Carlisle, the rise of legal high Ivory Wave and the tuition fees debate (from Leeds!).

Maddii Lown: BBC Newsbeat

Maddii Lown is a former Broadcast Journalism student who now works at Radio One Newsbeat – alongside another Leeds Alumni from the same programme! Maddi left Leeds in 2008 and after working for local radio in York, Manchester and Leeds, she moved to London and freelanced at BBC 5Live before gaining her current post as a Broadcast Journalist at Newsbeat.

Katie Hall: Freelance, BBC Radio York

Katie has been freelancing as a broadcast journalist for several years. Currently working at BBC Radio York, Katie reads the news for North Yorkshire, as well as producing the breakfast show. She’s also been known to appear on BBC Radio 5 Live, Real Radio, BBC London and ITV Yorkshire among others.

Matt Jones: Programme Manager, Trax FM

I was a student on the Broadcast Journalism course 1998-2001. When he graduated he freelanced at Trax FM in Doncaster which led to a full-time journalist post. Matt also went on to work in programming as a weekend sports presenter covering Doncaster Rovers promotion winning season and then in 2004 moved to become Programme Manager of Dearne FM in Barnsley. During his time the station was market leader and he was responsible for the programming, news, community involvement and sponsorship ideas as well as developing the team of presenters and journalists based there. In 2010, Matt moved back to Trax FM as Programme Manager where he is now presenter of the afternoon show.

Mim Shaikh: Assistant Producer for BBC Asian Network and Freelance Presenter

As soon as Mim graduated he started freelancing with radio production companies, taking part in the Hackney Academy and attending radio training sessions. He now works for a production company producing specialist shows for the BBC Asian Network and presenting music news on the shows. He is also involved with ‘Jump Off TV’ – a multiplatform online Youtube channel – creating videos and content featuring himself. Mim is about to star in a new TV show on BBC Three called ‘South Side Story’. He will also be presenting 4 shows on BBC Radio 1Xtra in April.

Richard Main: Reporter and Producer, BBC London

After graduating in the summer of 2010 Richard carved out a career in the media environment of East Anglia. Following a stint with BBC Radio Suffolk, where he fulfilled a range of roles from sports reporter to Pudsey Bear during his teens, he began freelancing as a drive time producer and reporter at BBC Radio Norfolk. This led to a spell at BBC Radio Leicester, a few weeks at Look North and shifts spent reading news bulletins for six different commercial stations; rather conveniently all six were based in a converted warehouse outside Ipswich. After finally getting sick of being the only Ipswich Town fan in the Norwich newsroom, Richard upped sticks to London in April 2012, where he has worked on BBC London’s coverage of the mayoral election, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. In the last 10 months he has also continued to freelance at BBC Radio Kent and BBC Sussex & Surrey where he has just completed a stint as their breakfast producer.

Ben McGrail: Presenter/Producer, BBC Somerset

Ben graduated from the School of Media and Communication in 2007 and spent a year as a Freelance Journalist and Sports Reporter at a number of stations across the south of England, both BBC and commercial. He has also worked at BBC Radio 5live as a researcher on 5live Sport. His first presenting job came on the commercial station Fox FM on their early breakfast show. In 2008 he was appointed as Drive presenter and news editor at independent radio station Andover Sound. During his three years there Ben picked up a number of industry awards including a ‘New York International Radio Award’ and a ‘Sony Silver Award’ for ‘News Journalist of the Year’. In 2011 Ben moved to BBC Somerset to launch their new Drive programme. He is also the regular cover presenter on the station’s breakfast show.

Lucy Radnor: Presenter and News Reader, The Hits Radio Q and Kerrang

After Lucy left the School of Media and Communication, she set up meetings with anyone who would listen to her! She had already started picking up some freelance reporter shifts at Real Radio North West, where she had done her three-week placement for the BA Broadcast Journalism degree. However, they wouldn’t let her read news bulletins because she had no on-air reading experience. She decided to do demo after demo, asking for feedback from colleagues and then sending the demos out to other stations. Eventually, a small station in Huddersfield called Pennine FM offered her some work. At Pennine FM Lucy had her first chance to read a live bulletin and to be on desk completely on her own. This was crucial in helping her to get on in her career. She started to get more of a response from News Editors around the North West because she had started to gain the level of experience needed. In between all of these freelance shifts, she was working part time in Selfridges and doing work experience at Key 103 where she started to pick up some freelance shifts, which then turned into reporter and bulletin shifts around the group. She travelled all over for a few months and then she just so happened to be in the right place at the right time and got her first job as news reader for Kerrang and Kiss. Since then she has had the opportunity to work on a number of stations including Key 103, Rock FM, Kiss 100, Kerrang, Heat, The Hits, Magic 1152 and 999. Lucy said: “I love the variety and the different challenges I face daily. I consider myself very lucky, but I am proof that with perseverance, dedication and hard work, you can get to where you want to be!”

Calum McKenzie: BBC

Having graduated from the Broadcast Journalism course in July 2013, Calum joined local sports station Yorkshire Radio where he worked until it’s closure. Following a period of freelance work, Calum can now be heard as a reporter and newsreader on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. He also writes regularly on rugby union for The Rugby Paper, Yorkshire Post and Nottingham Post titles.

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