Eight years presenting the flagship breakfast programme, and many more reporting, and writing and reading the news – the 20+ years working for BBC Radio in Devon have seen me gather hugely valuable experience.
“Belinda is a brilliant broadcaster. A great team member, she’s equally at home with music, news and current affairs programmes”Mark Grinnell, Managing Editor, BBC Radio Devon
The skills I’ve developed while working as a BBC broadcaster are highly transferable – to fields as diverse as podcasting, writing and training.
They relate to the fundamental principles of storytelling and communication. And an awareness of, and ability to connect with, audiences.
In 25 years working for the BBC (including five as a staff member), I’ve had to communicate clearly and accurately, while being impartial and using solid journalistic judgement. I’ve also had to develop the knack of knowing when to challenge interviewees, and how hard.
My films about British Exploring’s 2017 Canadian Yukon expedition also featured reflective audio interviews which drove the narrative. I produced two versions, a shorter punchier one for use on social media, and a more considered, five-minute one.
1993: Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism; Falmouth School of Art & Design (now Falmouth University)