James Mates: Questions & Answers

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Name?
James Mates

Age?
44

Where are you from?
Hampshire

How did you get started in broadcasting?
ITN Graduate Training scheme .

When was that?
1983

Why News broadcasting?
Never wanted to do anything else.

Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before?
Nowhere, I’m afraid.

What is your Best on-air moment?
On the pitch at the end of 2003 Rugby World Cup Final.

What is your Worst on-air moment?
Driving a horse and cart through reporting restriction on my first ever court case.

What would you like to do before your career ends?
Make enough money to be sure I never try to make a comeback.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Ride my mountain bike and play tennis.

What advice would you give to anyone that would like to get into the broadcasting world?
Be sure you really want to. This game is only fun if your heart is really in it. ..and if it isn’t you get found out pretty quickly.

A big thanks to James for taking part.

Last updated: Thursday 21 May 2009

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