BBC News Online

BBC News websiteBetween 1998 and 2009, I was a journalist on the BBC News website.

I worked across a range of roles on the site’s entertainment section (since renamed “entertainment and arts”). As a senior journalist, I mainly worked as part of a team of day editors, sub-editing, reporting and feature writing, as well as taking charge of breaking news stories including John Peel’s death.

I co-ordinated the site’s coverage of Glastonbury and other music festivals, as well as awards ceremonies including the Brits and the Grammys, and commissioned pieces for special features such as the 10th anniversary of Britpop and ITV’s 50th anniversary.

I spent six months working on the launch team for 60seconds – the short news bulletins that ran on BBC3 – and managed to chalk up little bit of history: starting the first BBC News live blog, to cover the Live 8 concerts in 2005. Our sport colleagues had done it for Liverpool’s Champions League win a few weeks before, so we thought we’d borrow the idea.

Working at the BBC was a huge privilege and taught me a hell of a lot. However, I got itchy feet after 10 years, so took voluntary redundancy in 2009 to take a break and explore other opportunities.

Some of my bylined pieces – some of these pre-SEO headlines are showing their age a bit!