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BBC On Tour 2004
BBC staff help visitors on the mixing desk

Ever wanted to know what it's like presenting the news and sport on television or radio? Or maybe you've wondered what goes on behind the scenes on the programmes and interactive services.

This summer, BBC On Tour is giving you the chance to find out more about the BBC's news, sport and weather programmes, meet some of the people who make them happen and have a go at some of their roles yourself.

Tour team

The tour team will be travelling to events around the UK during July, August and September to give you the chance to sit in the presenter's chair in the specially built television and radio studios.

The team includes some of the journalists, producers, editors, directors, engineers and designers who work on the BBC's news, sport and weather programmes.

They'll be explaining how they do their jobs and will guide visitors through the process of putting together a programme or story.

A visitor has a go at presenting a news programme
Meet BBC presenters and have a go at presenting a programme
Presenters from national and local BBC television and radio programmes will also be on hand to offer tips to budding presenters.

They'll give the inside track on what it's really like to present a programme under the glaring lights using autocue and taking prompts from a director.

The BBC Recruitment team will also be there to answer questions about working for the BBC.

The activities visitors can try include:

  • Reading a news or sport bulletin or operating the cameras, sound, vision desk or autocue machine

  • Reading a radio news and sport programme or trying out the studio manager's role

  • Creating a story for the news, sport or CBBC website or taking a guided tour of the sites with journalists who work there

  • Browsing including the news, sport, weather and iCan websites and trying out some of the BBC's interactive services

  • Creating on-screen graphics for television news programmes

  • Doing some sports commentary with the BBC Sport team

    All activities are free of charge and most are suitable for both adults and children.

    The tour tent
    Look out for the tour tent at events around the country
    BBC On Tour will be visiting the following locations:

  • Friday 30 July: The Media Village, BBC White City, 201 Wood Lane, London, W12

  • Friday 6 to Sunday 8 August: Edinburgh Festival, Middle Meadows Walk, The Meadows, Melville Drive, Edinburgh

  • Saturday 14 August and Sunday 15 August: Discovery Day, Centenary Square, Birmingham

  • Tuesday 17 August to Thursday 19 August: Pembrokeshire Show, County Showground, Withybush, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

  • Saturday 28 August to Monday 30 August: Mathew Street Festival, Albert Dock, Liverpool

  • Friday 10 September and Saturday 11 September: MX1 FIM World Motocross Championship GP, Ballykelly, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland

    Each event will be open from 1000 to 1800 every day.


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