This month sees me celebrating the end of my first year at QVC – I cannot believe how quickly it has gone! I actually joined on the 19th of December last year, although I didn't go on air until the end of January. And what a year – I can honestly say I have loved every minute. I'm celebrating by doing a little giveaway… more about that below! But first, just a few thoughts on my first 12 months at Chiswick Park.
When I first started (and actually, even now!) I had so many people asking and speculating about why I would leave behind a very successful national news career to work in shopping TV. The simple truth was that I had just reached my 20 year anniversary in news and I was desperate to do something different.
I don't believe in one career for life… life is too short to be that dull! I'd already been a zoologist and a newspaper reporter before my TV news career, and while I still loved TV, I was ready for a new challenge. And then along came QVC, and everything fell into place.
It's the most fantastic job, and I have met so many wonderful people here, and been made so welcome. It's hard work, and probably the most challenging job I have ever done – several hours of live TV a day, with no script and no autocue – but it is also the most fun I have ever had at work.I am in awe of our amazing backstage team who make everything on air look so slick – I'm not sure they realise how brilliant they are.
The same applies to our fantastic producers, directors, buyers and of course my fellow presenters. It's one of the most professional teams I've ever had the pleasure to work with and I'm honoured to be part of it. It's also officially a COOL place to work – if you've seen any of the articles written about QVC everywhere from the Sun to Vogue magazine this year, you'll know what I'm talking about!
I also want to thank you all for the input you've given me over the year, both here and on Twitter, and sometimes via letter and email! After two decades of news, where you always have to be serious and impartial, it took me a while to really be myself on QVC, but I think I'm getting there now, and your support has been fantastic.
So, to say thank you, I thought I'd give away some QVC goodies! I've put together a little collection which includes a Kipling handbag and some beauty products from brands like OPI, Judith Williams and bareMinerals. If you fancy winning it, here's what to do!
Answer this question: What's the name of my sister who got married earlier this year? (Hint: you'll find the answer in a previous blog!).
A) Leave your answer as a comment below on this blog
B) Send me your answer on Twitter, simply tweet your answer to me @jackiekabler and use the hash tag #QVCJackie.
Our in-house randomiser will select one entry at random on Thursday 19th December, the first anniversary of my joining QVC, and I'll let you know the winner here on my blog and on Twitter. Good luck!
Thanks again for everything this year, and have a wonderful festive season!
See you on the other side!
Love Jackie xx
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