Jenny graduated with a 2:2 Geography BSc Hons and now lives and works in London. Her career so far has included being a newsreader, working at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (GEITF), and acting as a Presentation Scheduler for ITV Sport and ITV2. She is now a Senior Presentation Scheduler for the Walt Disney Co.
What Jenny says:
“In my position as a newsreader I worked for the Student Broadcast Network. This is a company, which provides programming and news to 55 student radio stations around the country. My job was to do 8 national news bulletins a day, and at any time I was broadcasting to stations in universities as far apart as Glasgow and Exeter. I got this job through my involvement with the Student Union’s radio station, Insanity, which I helped to set up in 1997 and was the Deputy Station Manager. At GEITF my position was the Assistant to the Director of Television and Young People (TVYP). In conjunction with GEITF, TVYP annually provides 150 18-21 year olds with a fantastic week of masterclasses and workshops with the top people in the TV industry. They do everything from writing scripts for Eastenders, to creating Saturday morning kid’s TV, and presenting and filming news stories for CNN. Through the contacts I made there, ITV invited me to interview for a Broadcast Assistant’s position with ITV2. Just over a year later I was promoted and gained a channel, ITV Sport. My main responsibility as Presentation Scheduler for ITV Sport was to aid the launch of the channel in August 2001. Following the successful launch, my day to day role became varied. Amongst other jobs I created the schedules for transmission, liaised with the sport producers regarding the scheduling of all live matches, placed promotions and inserted commercial breaks. The vital aspect of the job was to liaise with all the departments that make up the channel (i.e. transmission, tape library, planning team, producers, lines bookers, sales and promotions) to ensure that the broadcast runs smoothly. I now work for the Walt Disney Co. as Senior Presentation Scheduler, abc1. I am part of a small team which has just launched abc1 - the first non-Disney branded channel outside of the US. It was certainly a challenge, and one that I relished! We had a successful launch, and it is full steam ahead to ensure it is successful. I hope that one day I will get the opportunity to work at either our HQ in Burbank , Los Angeles or for abc in New York ."
“Think about further study related to the job of your dreams. I am considering going back to university in the autumn to do an MA in Communications, alongside my career. I’d like to learn more about audience’s tastes, and the future of TV. Also don’t forget about your degree. Geography really has been a constant in my career, whether it was (when I worked as a newsreader) having a more in-depth knowledge of the geographical, historical, and socio-economic backgrounds of the news stories that I was broadcasting.”