Jeremy says confidently.
But back to his work day. When Jeremy arrives at the studio at about 15:30, he reads into the rest of the day. “I find out what has been on the channel during the day to get a sense of what the day’s news landscape looks like.”
This is followed by meetings at 16:00 and looking at the ‘running of the day’s programme’ – the order of the stories in the bulletin - that Jeremy will be hosting.
“We also discuss the guests that we’re featuring for the day. Ideally in a three-hour programme we have about nine to ten guests in the show. Nikiwe and I will then discuss who’s going to interview who. It’s a process of agreement on consensus.”
That’s followed by yet another meeting. This time round with the output editor and executive producer – who Jeremy mentions are very critical people in the mix. During all of this Jeremy is still reading into what they’ve got planned for the bulletin and constructing interview preparation.
At about 17:00 it’s make-up time. “In my case it doesn’t take too long because boys are easier than girls,” Jeremy jokes, while pointing out that he’s still reading and trying to get a sense of the upcoming bulletin.
“At 17:58 our microphones are set up, we’re seated and the technical director is running through the order of the bulletin, just making sure that the cameras are in place and then we start at 18:00,” he explains.
“There are days when it’s hectic and there’re days when it’s not – that’s the nature of 24-hour television,” he beams.
And for Jeremy there is nothing more rewarding than doing a good interview. “It’s great when your questioning has been thorough and vigorous enough to get the person to say something they wouldn’t otherwise have said. I like that,” he says with a cheeky grin.
But be prepared: showbiz certainly also has its tricky moments. “I remember when I first started broadcasting on radio I did an interview with a fairly well-known politician. It was honestly one of the easiest interviews ever but I was still very wet behind the ears. He was sitting in front of me and I totally blanked out – I didn’t know who he was! The feeling of perspiration developed all over me. I panicked and can’t even remember what I did. It was horrible – I’ve tried to blank it out,” he shudders.
His advice for anyone who wants to break into the game: “Don’t wait for the door to open, break the door down! Don’t just send your CV in, find someone who’ll champion it for you, and pester that person. Do something creative in getting into the industry. Be prepared to work for nothing and have a strong opinion about things.”
And with those final wise words, he dashes into the studio for a live recording. That’s the nature of 24-hour news.
Published By: Liezl Maclean