For nearly a year, I’ve appeared on STV Glasgow’s Live at Five programme, talking about what’s caught my eye in the news.
On the day of appearing, STV sends us a few items which have made the news that day, there’s generally always one about the weather and one about transport! lol
Preparation is key. The first time I went on I didn’t know what to expect and what the routine was, but after a year I think I’ve nailed it, but I’m still always learning.
It’s live TV so you need to be prepared!
- Always research the stories and think of the value to the viewer. Pick out a few key points from each and write them down
- If there are any nuggets you can add, then note that down too. Perhaps linking to something else in the news
- I take my notes in with me now, on small post-it notes. It doesn’t always help though! So knowing the key points to make is much better
- Always know what you’re going to wear. Something bright tends to work, but nothing too crazy! Hair should always be nicely styled and make-up ‘firmly’ applied! You need to remember a mic needs to go up your top!
- Add a bit of personality into it. At first I wasn’t sure how much personality could be included, but I often have a laugh to make the session lighter
- Always acknowledge the other guest and presenters – you’re all part of the conversation and think of the viewers watching. Last night I came home to a very funny new piece on Channel 4, where one presenter went onto close the other presenter and the show and funny glances were exchanged. Awkward!
- Don’t swear or say anything kids can’t hear!
- Be quiet when you’re not on camera and put your phone on flight mode
Last night’s guests were Horse McDonald, who was launching a new play, a guy who built a guitar out of 30,000 match sticks and a girl who had been casted alongside David Tennent in a new programme. Last time I was on I met Xfactor’s Emily Middlemass who was in supporting a local charity. There are always interesting characters on, so it’s nice we can sit at the kitchen table and watch!
We get perks too! There’s always a guest chef and last night Vic from Mono was cooking a veggie mac ‘n’ cheese. It was yummy, although I could only eat a few pieces as I’m on my heath kick!
Here are a selection of pictures from the my time on STV.