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Scrum V people - Steve Jenkins

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

Steve Jenkins

Steve is responsible for assisting to produce the show.

My job

I am involved in the whole process of programme making, from generating ideas, producing filmed features for the show, and other sequences including analysis and match edits.

I am also responsible for some camera work and reporting when required.

How did you get into it?

As one of the older members of the team, my route into television is probably less conventional.

I did an honours degree in Communication Studies which involved various media elements.

I then qualified to lecture in further education and was involved in the early years of media education, establishing and running various successful media courses at a local further education college (Jason Mohammad is an ex-student of mine!).

After several years experience of producing non-broadcast television, I started part-time in the sports department at BBC Wales in the season 1991-2, just as my playing days were coming to an end.

I started reporting on rugby and football for Wales on Saturday and Rugby Special Wales.

Gradually, I was able to make the transition to the production side of things and decided to leave my lecturing job at the start of 2000 to work full-time as a freelancer in television.

Sport has been my life-long passion, having played rugby, football and cricket to a good standard and golf to a very average one.

It's true to say that I love what I'm doing and that I'm always looking to get involved in as many things as I can on the programme.

Your best and worst moments?

Other than working alongside and meeting some of the most famous names in rugby, I was called upon to conduct the first television interview with Welsh coach Warren Gatland on his first day in the job… in Dubai!

My worst moments... probably back in the days when I was stood on a camera platform at one of our more remote rugby grounds, cold and wet whilst trying to write some sort of television report on the match.

Advice to anyone interested in doing your job?

First of all, be realistic about working in television.

The hours can be long and involve working at times when others are relaxing and enjoying themselves!

You have to be confident, enthusiastic, a team player and able to perform under pressure.

Obviously, you have to love sport and offer as many ideas of your own as you can.

Above all, keep trying and knocking on as many doors as you can.

If you make it, never waste a chance to take every opportunity that comes your way.

see also
BBC Sport Wales coverage
07 Aug 07 |  Wales
Coming up next on Scrum V...
14 Aug 07 |  Scrum V Extras
Scrum V people
14 Aug 07 |  Welsh


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