Exploring the BBC

Today, we had the incredible honor of touring the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). Before today, I had only witnessed media production in student-run groups, so exploring the ins and outs of a 30-thousand person corporation was quite the experience.

The BBC runs commercial-free programming, which is vital to their mission of purely being a public service. Since they don’t run advertisements from private corporations, they can focus on providing news without any influence from outsiders. The BBC is prided on being the least biased, credible news corporation in the UK (and probably the world).

Some BBC employees said the company lets them swap around and work in different areas within the field, which I thought was neat. I’m interested in a lot of areas of media, so I like The BBC doesn’t limit their journalists to one specific area.

Some BBC journalists I spoke to recommended becoming specialized in a certain topic in order to bring something unique to the table in the hiring process.

After speaking to some news journalists, we got to tour the Radio 1 studio and the Live Lounge. Music is important to me, and it was a surreal experience to stand where many great artists had performed.

We were also invited to attend a live taping of the One Show.  The aspect of sound is important for TV, so the producer told us to really exaggerate our laughter, even if we didn’t find something particularly funny. I think that’s a bit inauthentic, but that’s showbiz.

Touring the Radio 4 room!

The BBC is HUGE. This is the view from about the 7th floor.

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