Matt G.

Managing Broadcast Engineer
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About me

Matt G.
Electronics
Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems
Undergraduate
Alcuin
2008
United Kingdom

My employment

Managing Broadcast Engineer
Global
United Kingdom
Broadcasting
Large business (250+ employees)
2009

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A day in the life of a Managing Broadcast Engineer in the United Kingdom

Broadcast engineering jobs don't come up too often, so keep an eye out! Have a chat to your nearby radio station and see if the engineer will give you a tour. Once they get going they generally like sharing what they do.

Briefly describe the organisation you work for

Global - Europe's largest radio company.
Home to Classic FM, Capital, Heart, Smooth, LBC, Radio X, and Gold.

What do you do?

Managing the team of seven broadcast engineers in our Leicester Square broadcast centre, where we are responsible for all of Global’s audio and video output.
We have around 50 studios, and 15 live breakfast shows every day from one building.

Our work involves:
Planning, installing, and maintaining technologies for broadcast radio & TV, podcasting and online video.
Support for users of broadcast technology in person and on call 24/7/365.
Training all studio users for their usual role, and how to work round common problems.
Regularly planning and doing outside broadcasts both in the UK and abroad.

Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?

I joined URY in my first year, and ended up helping out the engineers there. A couple of years later, I realised this was a job that people get paid to do, so kept an eye out for a rare broadcast engineering job to pop up.

Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?

Nope, It's exactly what I wanted!

Describe your most memorable day at work

1. Spending 4 hours on the London Eye going round and round broadcasting Chris Moyle's Birthday Show on Radio X.
2. Backstage at Capital's Summertime Ball at a sold-out Wembley Stadium, helping the team interview artists just as they finished, with confetti raining down on us

Are there any challenges associated with your job?

Broadcast engineering is not always a 9-5 job. There's at least one engineer on site in our London broadcast centre every day of the year, and between 05:45 and 21:30 on weekdays. In Global's regional broadcast centres, the hours are closer to 9-5, but there are occasionally things happening on site outside of these hours.
We also have a call out rota for out of hours issues. If something breaks in the middle of the night and they can't stay on air or play adverts, we get a call.

What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?

URY, YSTV, Battle of the Bands: Time and project management, Learning how to explain technical concepts to non-technical people

What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?

Broadcast engineering jobs don't come up too often, so keep an eye out! Have a chat to your nearby radio station and see if the engineer will give you a tour. Once they get going they generally like sharing what they do.

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