Senior Duty Editor, BBC Sports News


My name is Nia Wyn Thomas, and I’m a Senior Duty
Editor at BBC Sports News. In my job I oversee the
sports news bulletins on the news channel across
my shift, and I work closely with a presenter and
the assistant producers and the broadcast assistants in
order to put together a bulletin within the hour on
the news channel. We work in a reasonably small
team that there might be about four or five people
on shift throughout the day. Our job is to put onto the
news channel the main headlines of the day and what the
main sports stories are. Sometimes you can
react on a news story, and sometimes you have
to create a news story from a live sporting
event that you’ve seen. You might react in the sense that from Scottish referees
deciding that they’re going to go on strike to
creating a news story from Wayne Rooney scoring
his first goal for two months for Manchester United
in the Champions League. When I left university, then I
went to work for an ITV channel, and then I went traveling. Then I came back from traveling
and took up another job. I’d met loads of people
while I was travelling, and I had this opportunity
to go and work for the New Zealand Rugby Union. But at the time, every
single person that I knew and that I had lived with when
I was at university and friends at university were
all moving to London. My friend Jill said to
me, “Apply for one job,” and I applied for one job. That was in the BBC,
and I got the job. Given the opportunity
when you’re 22 to work for the BBC is something
that you don’t turn down. So I took the job on a six-
month contract, thinking, “New Zealand will always
be there,” and I’ve stayed. I love working for the BBC. When I started off at
BBC Sport, I started off as a broadcast assistant. That involved making up graphics
and putting in score results on a Saturday afternoon and updating them live
throughout the afternoon on the news channel or during
a live game in the evening. You have to understand what’s
going on during that live event, but also you have to show
that you are accurate at what you’re doing,
because if it’s wrong, then it could have a massive
impact on whoever’s watching. So I think accuracy and a
dedication for what you want to do and being willing to muck
in and do a bit of everything I think that you do have to
have a passion for sport. You don’t have to understand
every single sporting environment that happens, but I
think it’s essential you do have to have a passion for what
you do and also a passion for the job that you do. Working for the BBC isn’t all about having the
biggest wage packet or having the best holidays. I think working for the BBC
means something completely different, and that
is to have passion and pride about what you do. In my job I provide a
service, and that service is on the BBC News channel and
working within BBC Sport. Even if one person watches it, then I’ve provided a
service for that person. That’s what I like
about the BBC is that it’s a non-profit
organisation. I didn’t think that I would get
the opportunity to do this job, and as quickly as
what has happened. But it’s exciting, and it’s an
exciting environment to work in. It’s an environment
that I want to work in, because it’s continuous change, and you continually
provide a service for people that are watching. You are live TV throughout
the whole of your shift, then you’re working
on live television. I enjoy it, but is it something
that I thought that I would do? No. But am I glad that I’m doing it? Yes.




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