Ifinished at ITN last Friday after what was a very busy two weeks working for its Truthloader channel, a current affairs online portal.
I loved it, but I have to admit my brain was fried by the end of the second week.
I’ve learned a huge amount about news and current affairs. As a journalist I’ve always tried to keep abreast of what’s happening around the world, but this was taking it to another level.
On top of producing and presenting three long packages, I also had to conduct live one-hour interviews with guests in the studio.
It took some doing but I got there in the end. I was really pleased with how my videos came out.
Given that I do a fair amount of entertainment and showbiz reporting, I was pleasantly surprised at how I was managing to get through the fortnight without making myself look like an un-intelligent fool.
It was going well, until I read some of the comments on the last video, which was about the situation in Syria (a town called Kobani is being over-run by the Islamic State and there’s pressure on Turkey to fight with the US-led coalition).
Anyway, I presented this video package (which is still on the Truthloader channel) and attracted some responses.
Whilst most of the comments from viewers were about the issue, some made reference to me personally.
I’d like to point out that most of them were kind. But one guy said he thought I needed to get a lesson in hairdressing.
Cheeky so-and-so. I reckon I’ve always had nice hair. I was mortified, ha ha.
Anyway, this week I’ve been freelancing at Sky News Digital, which has been another fab experience.
But given the sheer amount of commuting chaos I’ve been subjected to lately, I decided not to come back home to Portsmouth and instead get a hotel for three days.
Determined to get a good rest, I e-mailed the hotel a week in advance and requested they reserve me the quietest room possible.
So when I got there, where had they put me? Right next to reception!
No sleep for me then.