24th July 2001
A former pupil of Thomas Magnus School in Newark is forging a career in television a year after graduating from university.
Media Production graduate James Waddell has surpassed all expectations by earning three promotions since he left the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.
He left Lincoln with a first-class honours degree and a Sony prize as the best television student – and now he’s landed a coveted job as a multi-skilled operator at the BBC in Leeds.
The 30-year-old former IT trainer from North Muskham works on the BBC’s news and current affairs magazine ‘Look North’ designing graphics, operating cameras and editing video packages.
“I’ve always wanted to work in television but the opportunity never arose before,” says James (30), who worked for Newark and Sherwood District Council before deciding to become a mature student.
“One day I had this flash of inspiration and thought, why not give up my job and go to university? Lincoln was a good place to study because it was close to Newark and had exactly the media facilities that I wanted.”
By the time he graduated last summer James had already turned down a job at Carlton Television and signed a contract with Sky Television in Middlesex, where he worked for six months as a production assistant.
In January 2001 Sky asked him to train as a vision mixer. “They approached me for the job because they knew I was keen to get more involved in the technical side in the studio,” says James.
A month later James applied for his current position at the BBC, and in June he heard he’d got the job. “It’s such a competitive industry but I’ve been fortunate to be able to fast-track and get straight in at quite a good level,” he says. “Once you’ve got a foot on the ladder it’s all about networking and getting to know the right people.”
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