I’m often asked what presenters do when they’re not on air, so I thought I’d do a diary of one day this week when I was at work, but not on the telly! Every day is different, but this is a little snapshot of just some of the things we get up to.
5am Alarm goes off. Living in Gloucestershire and working in London means a lot of driving and early starts, although this is a bit of a lie-in… when I’m presenting the Morning Show, my alarm goes off at 3.15am!
5.45am I’m on the road to London. I listen to a combination of Radio 4, music on my iPod and audiobooks when I’m driving. Today it’s an Ian Rankin book called “The Complaints” – it’s gripping! The traffic is bad so my usual drive of just under two hours takes closer to three today, but the book keeps me going.
9am In the presenter lounge and about to start work but first things first – a cup of tea. I can’t function without tea in the morning. I drink Earl Grey, no milk, no sugar (pictured above). Delicious. Then I log on and take a look at the running orders for the three shows I’ll be presenting tomorrow.
Debbie Greenwood is there getting ready for her shows today so we have a little catch-up. Because all the presenters work different hours you can go weeks without bumping into each other – I’ve worked here since January and there are still a couple of presenters I’ve only met once!
I go through all tomorrow’s shows – it is a big fashion clearance day so there will be between 60 and 70 items in total in my three hours, from lots of different brands, some of which I have never done before. Lots of research needed!
11am Time for a tape review with Presenter Manager Paul. This is where we sit down and watch a random selection of our recent shows, and discuss how we could do things better or differently. We all have to do it regularly, no matter how long you’ve worked here.
I’m very self-critical so come out with a list – I’ve noticed I talk too quickly sometimes, and say “yeah” a lot, among other things! I don’t think any presenter really enjoys these reviews but they’re really important so we can keep improving and hopefully make the viewing experience better for you.
12.15 Pop in to the staff canteen and grab some lunch. There’s paella today – yum!
1pm Time for what’s called the TSV Strategy Meeting. This is where we get a look at all the Today’s Special Value products a few weeks ahead. Today we’re looking at the week of the 8th of July. There’s some great stuff but we all get very excited about one item – a revolutionary treatment for hair loss. You’ll be hearing more about this soon – that’s all I can say for now!
2pm Head to our backstage area where the rails of clothes for tomorrow’s shows are already waiting. Spend some time going through them, looking at the design features on various garments and also picking out a few things to wear.
If we do a fashion hour we always wear something from the collection, which is great. In my previous job I always had to wear my own clothes, so it’s nice not to have to think about that and just pick something from the rails when you get in.
3pm Time for another meeting (pictured below left) This time it’s with the lovely Gill May from Time Bomb, the skin care range created by Lulu.
I’m doing my first show with the brand next week so Gill gives me a great overview of all the products and tells me the story of how they were created. It’s all so different from my previous career in news, and I find it fascinating hearing about how brands are developed from scratch.
5pm A meeting about something very exciting which is coming up on QVC next month and about which I am currently sworn to secrecy. Sorry!
6pm In my car for the long drive home, just in time to get stuck in London rush hour traffic. Never mind, I have my audiobook – all is good with the world!
That’s it for now… have a great week.
Love Jackie x