31st March 2005




Interviewing celebrities and working alongside an active TV crew are all in a day’s work for one former University of Lincoln student.


Anna Bolton (25), originally from Sunderland, graduated in Media Production at the university in 2001 and is now working as a researcher on the BBC’s ‘Top of the Pops’.


Her primary role is to provide research for the show, which involves editing, script writing, filming and working with presenters.


Whilst researching for the news section of the show Anna also gets the opportunity to interview musicians before or after their performances. Moby, Mariah Carey, N*E*R*D and Sting are just a few of the stars she has interviewed.


With jobs for Media Production graduates at a premium, Anna has also been working hard at making contacts within the heavily competitive industry. She insists that students shouldn’t wait till they graduate before they start building their industry experience.


Whilst studying at the university she made time to complete valuable work experience placements at several television shows including ‘CD-UK’, ‘Live and Kicking’, ‘Blue Peter’ and ‘SMTV’, and she also worked as a runner on the movie blockbuster ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’.


Anna’s first job was as a production runner on the BBC’s ‘National Lottery Jet Set’ followed by a contestant researcher on ‘The Chair’ presented by the American tennis player John McEnroe. After a stint as a contestant researcher back at the Jet Set show she moved over to music production as researcher on ‘National Lottery Wright Ticket’ before gaining her current role at TOTP.


“It is always fantastic to see one of our students employed in the media industry and Anna has done extremely well in gaining a job with the BBC in London,” said Neil Kendall, senior lecturer in Media Production at the university.


“We are extremely proud of Anna’s continued successes within the competitive media industry and wish her the very best of luck in continuing her experience as she climbs her way up the career ladder.”


Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                       mcross@lincoln.ac.uk