1. What is your favourite part / proudest moment at Gravity Media?
The way we came together during COVID, without a doubt. It was an incredibly tough period with so many people going through so much. It brought the team a lot closer, and seeing the team respond to so many challenges was incredible. Running 21 OB’s, delivering 32 world feeds over the opening weekend of January 2021 for The FA Cup amongst many other things, when Omicron was at its height, was proof in itself about what this group can do.
2. What motivates you at work?
Seeing talent come through the ranks. We’ve always tried to grow our own staff, which is even more important in the current climate. Many at the company started as runners or other entry level roles, and have progressed to high level roles in production and technology. Promoting people, and seeing the reaction of them to being given that chance, is always the best part of that journey.
3. A tip for someone starting out in the broadcast / tech industry?
Try and stand out a bit from the crowd and back yourself. A lot of what we do is subjective, so try and be creative, be enthusiastic and commit completely to whatever you’re doing.
4. Favourite sport / team / film / tv programme?
Obviously football is my sport, but I’ll watch any sport I can. Being a QPR fan, often means I’d rather watch anything other than football, when I’m watching them. Film wise there’s too many to choose, but if Back to the Future, The Usual Suspects or Goodfellas is on, I’ll watch it again, and again, and again.
5. What makes great live TV?
The right team. You can’t make good TV without the right people. In a live situation, it’s about reacting right to those big moments. Whether it’s a football match, a gig or a light entertainment show – those big moments are what count. If you’ve got the right director and camera op, you’ll have the best angle, same with replay operators, presenters or commentators. It all comes back to the team that’s been picked.