BBC Introducing…Laura Stevens

Laura Stevens reports direct from BBC Radio One in London to tell us what she’s been up to during her work placement, from running the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park, to watching the chart show being broadcast with the visualisations team…


So I am lucky enough to be working with BBC Radio One this summer thanks to Backstage Academy. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about it, but it has been an absolute blast so far! I am working alongside the live events team, who are in charge of all the radio network’s events – basically anything that happens outside of the studio.


From day one I have been working on the BBC Introducing stage for T in the Park, where I am co-running it along with a member of the Live Events team. So far I have acted as first point of contact for all the artists in the run up to the festival, gathering all the information we need. I’ve also been working on branding, online content and logistics as well as anything that comes up to do with T. I’m finding it very insightful and helpful with regards to wanting to run my own festival one day. Everyone on the team is really helpful and eager to answer any questions I have on anything.


As well as working on T, I have been working on various other events such as Radio 2 in concert with Stereophonics, Radio 1Xtra Live Tour, Proms in the Park, Glastonbury and even researching for the Chris Evans show! Radio One is a great place to work, with no two days being the same and you never know who you are going to see and be working on. On the first day they were filming for the new BBC Three show ‘The Call Centre’, so the main guy from the show was coming round shouting at us making us sing The Killers, ‘Mr Brightside’.


It’s not all been hard work though. Last week I got to spend some time in the studio with the operations producer being taught how to operate the studio for a live broadcast. Although I have been in radio studios before, having worked on hospital radio shows in the past, that was nothing compared to the equipment and set up they have here. This was definitely a highlight of mine so far, just a shame it was cut short by The Wanted who wanted to use the studio – always the way.


Another highlight for me so far has been spending the day at Maida Vale with the production manager, working on Radio One’s Rock Week where Zane Lowe did a live broadcast each night. It was great to see everything come together over the day, and I even got to have a play on the lighting desk (because we all know the lighting is the most important part of any radio broadcast).


Overall, the past two and bit weeks have been an amazing experience and it’s continuing to be so. On Sunday I got to sit in on the chart show with the visualisations team and I’m off to T in the Park! I really couldn’t have asked for a better placement.

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