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Scrum V people - Graham Thomas

Get to know the team who make the Scrum V show...

Graham is a reporter for Scrum V, interviewing the biggest names in the game and getting the stories surrounding them.

How did you get into this job?

Graham Thomas

I studied politics at university and then did a postgraduate course in journalism at Cardiff University.

After that I started off as a freelance reporter, working for regional papers before moving on to newspapers in London.

I found that print journalism gave me a really good footing and helped me become a better all-round journalist.

I specialised in sport because it was my passion and something that I really enjoyed.

I moved back to Wales and became the rugby correspondent for the South Wales Evening Post and then the South Wales Echo.

I joined the BBC during a period when they were expanding their output, starting off on BBC Choice.

Since then I've done a variety of things and really enjoy working on Scrum V.

Your best and worst moments?

The best thing I have done was covering the Lions tours of 1997 and 2001. That was fantastic.

I was with the team for six or seven weeks, following their every move.

You really get underneath the skin of the team, so much so that even minor tremors feel like earthquakes.

Covering the Lions is an experience that I will never forget.

I try to forget the bad moments, but one that I will always remember was when I was working as a freelance reporter.

I had been sent to cover a non-league football match that I didn't know anything about, and assumed that the team that had run out first was the home side.

I wrote my report and sent it back to the office - only to find out that I had got the two teams mixed up!

I subsequently had to phone the sport desk, feeling very red faced, apologise, and file a whole new report.

Moral of the story: Always do your research and get your facts right!

Advice to anyone interested in doing your job?

Know your patch - get out and meet the people that you will need to speak to.

Have a drink with them, build up a rapport, and make the important contacts that you need in the future.

What is the one thing that you would still like to do?

I really enjoy investigative journalism, so doing something along those lines - perhaps some sports documentaries.

see also
BBC Sport Wales coverage
07 Aug 07 |  Wales
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