Samantha Simmonds: Questions & Answers

HomeQ and ASamantha Simmonds

Name?
Samantha Simmonds

Where are you from?
Leeds

How did you get started in broadcasting?
I did a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at City University in 1994/5 and then went on to report for BBC Local radio in Yorkshire and then moved down to London where I got my first job working for Channel 5 News as a producer.

Why News broadcasting?
I first became interested in journalism at university – covering student politics. Broadcasting is my natural medium – especially TV as I’ve always liked telling a story with pictures!

Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before?
Before joining Sky I reported/presented on BBC London News for 2 years and prior to that I was a reporter on BBC Breakfast.

What is your Best on-air moment?
My best on air moments are coping when things go wrong – I have many example of doing live reports when technically everything around me is falling apart – but the key is not letting the audience know they’re happening!

What is your Worst on-air moment?
Failing to put my microphone on for a live and wondering why the studio can’t hear me!

What would you like to do before your career ends?
I’d like to cover a major breaking international story and present current affairs programmes.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy dancing, horse riding, theatre cinema and dinner with friends.

What advice would you give to anyone that would like to get into the broadcasting world?
Work hard, be keen but not overbearing, persevere – nothing will just fall into your lap however much you wish for it. Ask advice from as many people as you can. Don’t take no for an answer!

A big thanks to Samantha for taking part.

Last updated: Thursday 21 May 2009
The Latest
UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League on TV: Matchday Two Live on BT Sport; Highlights on ITV
Premier League
Burnley v Watford – Live TV Coverage on Sky Sports
international-emmy-award-for-migration-crisis-sky-news-promo-2016-11
Emmy Award for migration crisis – Sky News Promo 2016
sky-sports-super-sunday-2016
West Ham United v Southampton – Live Football on Sky Sports TV
sky-news-emmy-2016
Sky News Wins International Emmy
wwe-clash-of-champions-wweclash-charlotte-kevin-owens-rusev-the-new-day
WWE Clash of Champions 2016 – Live on Sky Sports Box Office
BBC Match of the Day 2014 - Presentation (25)
BBC Match of the Day running order on 24 September 2015
BT Sport Promo 2014 - The Cool People to Watch Football With (9)
Arsenal v Cheslea – Live TV Coverage on BT Sport
Comments