19th July 2002
He may still be studying to be a journalist but 22-year-old Waseem Mirza already has bags of experience behind him.
The University of Lincoln student, who will graduate next week at Lincoln Cathedral, has worked for BBC News 24, the BBC’s Asian Network and BBC Five Live during his time at university.
And now he’s landed a permanent job as a full-time broadcast journalist on BBC Look East in Norwich.
Waseem, from Peterborough, had to apply to come to Lincoln through the clearing system after he failed to make the grade at A-level in 1999.
But he has been one of the star pupils on his course and his extensive contacts at the Beeb have provided him with a number of golden opportunities.
After a two-week stint on the BBC Asian Network he was employed by BBC News 24 on the technology programme ‘Click Online’ which is shown on BBC World and BBC News 24.
He has even read the news on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“My job at Look East is a perfect opportunity for me to concentrate on my long-term ambitions in television news presentation and reporting,” said Waseem.
“I’ll be based in the Norwich TV studio from the end of August but I’ll also work from the Cambridge studios in the future, working on the region’s most popular news programme.
“I would never have got to where I am today if I’d been accepted at my initial choice of university,” he added. “The tutors at Lincoln have brilliant industry contacts and helped me get into the BBC – I couldn’t have done it without them.”
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