BT Sport

My ‘Camera Operator’ role was my first ever role in media and is one I am very grateful for as it gave me the opportunity to get my foot on the ladder, and what better way with one the the most well known broadcasters in Britain.

Being a first year student at the time I was nervous, shy and if I’m honest knew nothing about how to operate a camera – let alone a £3000 worth of broadcast equipment!

We were trained down at BT Sport headquarters in Stratford, London and were then sent off to our respective clubs, mine being my hometown club York City FC. During the season we filmed the match highlights and interviewed managers Jackie McNamara and Gary Mills – our work would then be aired on BT Sport 1 at 10PM on a Sunday night.

With this I also helped out the clubs Media Officer by editing a separate reel of highlights which would be published on to their paid subscription service MinstermenPlayerHD.

From this role I harnessed my skills with Adobe Premiere and also used Sony’s INSERTT NAME

Live Games & Wembley Stadium

It all came down to the last game of the season to see if York City would stay in the National League, and this game against Forest Green was chosen for live broadcast – which meant we had the privilege of experiencing the whole thing at Bootham Crescent.

We met presenters Matt Smith and Kevin Nolan, and shadowed the broadcast staff in the VR truck as the live broadcast was going on.

Following this we were lucky in the respect that, despite relegation, York made it to the FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium. We were again invited down and helped out with interviews on Wembley Way as well as providing support for the staff during the day.

Unfortunately, my time with BT Sport came to an end as York City were relegated from the National League. I was given the chance to work the same role with Hartlepool United the following season but, being the driven individual I am, I wanted more and decided to progress.

York City Web Show

During that summer I kept my association with York City by doing my own weekly show around the club, which was very popular with fans on social media. I covered the weekly news as well as giving my own perspective on what was happening at the club.

It was all about improving my confidence on camera and developing presenting skills which I believe is a vital skill going into the digital generation. “Shy bairns get nowt” is what they say in Newcastle!


Published by Dan Simmonite

Aspiring sport media professional currently working with Northumberland FA. Also write for the grassroots section of the Newcastle Chronicle.

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