My luckiest career break may well have been a literal one. It happened 40 years ago this month. I could be a very happy headmaster somewhere now if it hadn’t happened. Though I suspect my break really was for the best.
Just a year into her most high-profile radio job to date, the eighth media-curious Off Message podcast features Newstalk’s Lunchtime Live presenter Ciara Kelly.
During our 50-odd minute chat we chewed the media fat on debating extremists, social media bullying and detoxing, developing a media career without having to hustle, taking over a big show after an equally big controversy, and loads more.
Mistakes, I’ve made a few, but then again, too many not to mention…
With apologies to Ol’ Blue Eyes and Paul Anka, I was reminded the other week of one the many both major and minor cock-ups that have littered my media career to date.
The sixth media circus that is the Off Message podcast is with Michael O’Keeffe, CEO at the regulator of all Irish broadcasting – though thankfully not podcasts…not yet, anyway – the BAI, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
During our chat Michael revealed the BAI’s origins in Ireland’s murky pirate radio past and its planned next move into regulating parts of the online media wild west; the type of complaints they regularly get about programmes; where they get their funding and how some would rather not pay up; their wooing of London’s international broadcasters pre-Brexit; the growing Irish appetite for podcasts – *applauds*; their take on diversity and plurality in Ireland’s broadcast media; and more.
Now that all the fuss and excitement has died down I figured I should write a few words about the whole First Dates experience.
When I agreed to do it little did I know the impact it would have. Of all the one-off television appearances I’ve done over the years, there’s no doubt it was the one that blew up the most.
Mostly due to one simple factor.
Christmas may well be the season for giving but in the particularly unforgiving media business rejection happens all year round; and the festive season is no exception.
Dealing with all this negativity successfully is vital if you want to stay the pace.
10 years on from Reporters At War winning its Emmy, I remember I hoped it’d help me get to spend some real time in NYC.
I blame Steven Spielberg…kinda.
Now the taxman has done damage to bank balances it is indeed beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
And it’s a particularly weird period in TV and radio.
Having to look after all your own tax affairs is just one of the things you have to consider when thinking of becoming a freelancer.
Here are the main pros and cons, as far as I can tell.
Most Recent Off Message posts
- Podcast 11: Seamus Dooley – Off Message 57 May 7, 2019
- Podcast 10: Philip O’Connor – Off Message 56 March 5, 2019
- You Couldn’t Make It Up: Its Long and Winding Road – Off Message 55 January 15, 2019
- Podcast 9: Peter Feeney – Off Message 54 December 18, 2018
- My Luckiest Break? – Off Message 53 November 13, 2018