Multimedia Sports News Editor

Multimedia Sports News Editor


My name’s Colin Patterson. I’m the Multimedia
Sports News Editor. Officially I over-see sports news on the BBC News Channel
and Radio 5 Live. I also keep an eye Radios 1,
2, and 4, and the sports news on their channels, but the bulk of the work is the News
Channel and 5 Live. The main priority for
me is to make sure that the most accurate sports
news content is delivered on as many platforms as
possible across the BBC. It’s got to be the
most up-to-date, accurate sports news content
out there as quickly as possible and as accurately as possible. There are very many ways to
break your way into the BBC. For as many people as work here, there are probably
almost as many ways in. I came from a news background. January, 1995, I joined
BBC Radio Cleveland in the Northeast. It’s now BBC Tees. I came there from a local
commercial radio station with was TFM. I was a news reader/reporter
there. And then just kind of deep down I’d always wanted
to get into the BBC. I then got in touch with the
local editor of the station in my area where I was working
for the commercial station. He told me that there
would be vacancies. I was lucky enough
to get one of them. So I’ve kind of just
had various jobs across the sports department,
then did an attachment as an assistant editor. This job came up, which was
then radio sports news editor. I applied and I got it. [laughs] To be good at the job, obviously in sports
news you need to have a passion for sport. Everyone in BBC sport
does have that passion. But within sports
news in particular, you’ve got to have a
nose for a good story. What makes it stand out? What makes it different than
a run-of-the- mill 3-nil win on a rainy Wednesday night? What stood out at that match? Did the manager say something
really interesting at the end? What would make that be
the lead the next morning, as opposed to we gave
that as a result. So, for me the key
is passion for sport, but also a really
good natural instinct for what makes a good story. Find out about the area that
you’re interested in to apply. Present yourself well. Maybe get in touch with us. Maybe try and spend a
little bit of time here, a few hours, even a day. Your CV, your emails,
your letters, everything, it’s got to be really
first-class. It’s got to stand
out, make us feel that we want to hear from you. We want to know a
bit more about you.

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