30th April 2018
I was reading the 5 News bulletins this weekend. Newsrooms and news studios are often quieter at weekends. There are fewer staff and often a more familial atmosphere.
But if you’re asked to do an interview over a weekend - don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the smaller scale of operations.
And try not to be intimidated by the silence of studios.
The 5 News studio is empty apart from me, the presenter, on a weekend.
And you could be forgiven for thinking that would make coming into a studio with fewer floor managers, producers and runners a far easier environment to do an interview.
But the silence can be deafening. And it can be intimidating.
During our training courses we try to teach all our clients to be comfortable in silence. To finish talking when they’ve said what they want to say and not fill that silence.
As a presenter I get a kick and an adrenaline buzz from the silence just before we go on air. But it’s something I’ve learnt to love. If you’re going to regularly be asked to do interviews in a studio you need to learn how to love it too.
You can currently see Louise presenting and reporting on Channel 5 News. Louise anchored her own show on Bloomberg Television interviewing Europe’s business leaders and politicians. She has covered major news stories as a correspondent for Sky News, Channel 4 News and Bloomberg Television.
Chloe reads the news on Channel 5 News. As a Sky News Presenter Chloe anchored across the channel’s output, interviewing major politicians and analysts, and handling breaking news on a daily basis. She has interviewed people from all walks of life as a reporter and presenter on both television and radio for Sky Arts, Magic FM and Monocle 24.
Adam’s camerawork is on the screen every day across ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. In the past, Adam worked for Sky News where he covered everything from the war in Afghanistan to the Oscars in LA. He has more than 20 years’ experience and his films won Best News Item at the Monte Carlo Television and Film Festival two years running.
Richard has 20 years' experience on the frontline of news. After producing daily bulletins for 5 News, he then took on the role of Deputy Editor before moving to ITV News in the same position.
Now with experience in PR, Richard has real insight into what makes a story - and how best to sell it.