Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication











Alex Kunawicz: Senior Producer, BBC Global Sports News

Alex covers sport for BBC World News TV and World Service Radio as well as working on commerical opportunites for World TV. He is on his second spell at the BBC, having rejoined in 2011 (he worked for BBC Sport from 2001 to 2007). From 2008 to 2011 he worked for Abu Dhabi Media Company, launching The National newspaper (www.thenational.ae) and ADMC’s Premier League TV coverage in Arabic.

Hanne Davis: World Service Sport team, BBC North

Hanne graduated from Leeds in 2009 and since then it’s been quite a varied route to her current job. Hanne loves winter sports, so she went out to New Zealand as a ski instructor and then to Val d’Isere, France where after a case of meeting the right person at the right time, she ended up writing the local English weekly paper for 6 months (as well as cleaning an apartment!). When she returned (with a broken leg) an application for work experience at Sky Sports changed to a short term job, which then became permanent as an assistant in their OB department. In November 2011 she could not resist an offer to move as part of the BBC North scheme and became Unit Assistant in BBC Sports News. She then moved to the World Service Sport team, where she now works on radio output on a daily basis. She has travelled to the African Cycling Championships in Burkina Faso to produce a 30 minute radio documentary and Hanne recently worked on her dream job – helping to produce Ski Sunday.

Adam Bates: Freelance Sports Journalist and Football Commentator at the UEFA Champions League and Europa League

Adam is a Freelance Sports Journalist based in London specialising in football, tennis and motorsport. While studying Broadcast Journalism at the University of Leeds, he worked part-time in BBC local radio and then continued to do that on a more regular basis following graduation. Adam then headed from the Midlands to the capital in the summer of 2011 where – through two agencies – he has been working as a football commentator on tournaments such as the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League and as a journalist at major tennis tournaments. He also acts as a tennis correspondent for Sky Sports News Radio and has worked for ESPN.

James McCarthy: Senior Sports Producer, Perform group

Since leaving Leeds James has worked as a news and sports Journalist for the Sony award winning radio station Touch FM in the Midlands. Since Sept 2011 he has worked for the sports media company Perform group, starting off on a short-term contract for the Rugby World Cup. In January 2012 he became the Senior Overnight Assistant Producer and won the employee of year award in December of that year. He has recently been promoted to a Senior Producer role.

Peter Farries: Freelance Sports Presenter

Starting his career as a TV researcher, Peter is now a freelance TV and Radio sports presenter, football commentator and UEFA journalist. He presents William Hill’s football, tennis and golf television output, commentates on Chesterfield and Bolton football matches and is a Europa League commentator and journalist for UEFA.

Calum McKenzie: BBC

Having graduated from the Broadcast Journalism course in July 2013, Calum joined local sports station Yorkshire Radio where he worked until its 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 about Rugby Union for The Rugby Paper, Yorkshire Post and Nottingham Post titles.

David Domb: Perform group

After graduating from the School of Media and Communication in 2012, David was given the opportunity to work for the BBC during their coverage of the London Olympic Games from Media City in Salford. Following this he moved to Sports Tonight TV on work experience before joining the production team, initially on a freelance basis then moving on to a permanent role just weeks later working across their daily live programmes. In 2013, he did freelance shifts with Sportsmedia Broadcasting, an organisation that provides news bulletins for local radio stations around the country. In July 2013 he was given a full time role at Perform Group working in the news team – Omnisport.

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