Nick Conrad

BBC Broadcaster
 
Paston - History, Sociology, Media
 
UCLAN (Harris College)
Television Production BA (Hons)
1st Class Degree
   
Where are you now?
I run my own company providing media content for some of the biggest
broadcasters in the UK. I also have corporate clients in England and in Europe.

Who do you work for, and what projects have you been involved in?
I currently work for the BBC presenting talk radio programmes. I’ve fronted TV shows and radio current affairs programming for BBC News, ITV, Channel 5, LBC 97.3, CNN, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 4 Xtra, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2 with BBC 6 Music, CBS and anchored Sky News HD. I also host international conferences promoting the sharing of ideas across borders for the European Union.

What is a ‘typical’ day at work like?
My day starts at 5am with a 6k run. This is a great way to get some thinking time in before our first work meeting. My first meeting is at 8am with my production team. The show running order and topics are selected by 8.40. This leaves twenty minutes to start calling contributors or guests. We could be talking about Gaza or the King's Lynn incinerator! I leave work at 12 noon and spend the afternoon on other projects.

What did you study at Paston? How did that course help you
progress upon your career path?
I studied History, Sociology and Media. The greatest assets to the college are the teachers. I had some really inspirational teachers. Their enthusiasm was infectious and support second to none! I remember each media project we undertook and learnt many lessons, which have assisted me in a very competitive and hard industry. I remember well the warmth and belief shown towards - and invested in - the students.

What are the important skills you have had to develop and hone to be successful in your job?
Discipline and a legal brain! The law is essential in my line of work. I have a weekly audience of over 500,000 people and I'm responsible for the accuracy of what we broadcast. The ability to retain
information and analyse complex legal and political situations quickly is essential for live broadcasting.

Did you ever envisage doing this while you were at Paston?
I was doing it already. When I was at Paston I had an evening show on the then Radio Broadland and read the weekend news for Mohamed Al-Fayed's Liberty Radio London.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
Set up my first company making media content for various clients including, Dixons, UCLAN, Leger Holidays and BlackCat UK. I also worked in TV development with Leigh Francis, aka Keith Lemon.


"The greatest assets to the college are the teachers. I had some really inspirational teachers. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and support second to none!"