3rd November 2003
Three weeks after landing a job at the BBC Rabinder Bhachu has already met Greg Dyke and spotted Blur and Atomic Kitten rehearsing for ‘Top of the Pops’!
Rabinder (21), who lives in Leeds, fought off competition from 90 other applicants to secure a placement with BBC Online in Bradford.
He’s working in a brand new studio at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in the city generating content for the BBC Bradford website.
His position is being funded by the European Social Fund and PATH, an organisation based in Leeds which promotes positive action, training and opportunities for black and Asian groups.
“The idea is to hopefully get a permanent position within a year,” said Rabinder, who graduated this summer with a degree in Journalism from the University of Lincoln.
“On my first day I had a story posted on the web site and on the home page. In my second week I met the Director-General, Greg Dyke, and spoke to him for about 20 minutes along with the other trainees.
“I was also sent on a course in London where we got to see how things work behind the scenes,” he added. “It also included a tour of Television Centre where I saw the likes of Blur and Atomic Kitten rehearsing for ‘Top of the Pops’.
“The work is really enjoyable and I am enjoying learning as much as I can.”
Rabinder says the skills he learned on his Journalism course have stood him in good stead for his future career.
“The university helped me because the course teaches a broad range of skills,” he said. “The course put a lot of emphasis on teamwork which is always good because unless you go freelance you are always likely to be working with other people.”
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