Mark Chapman

Job title Broadcaster

Employer BBC

Man on the mic

BBC Radio 5 Live and ESPN’s Mark Chapman explains his role as a presenter

“Broadcast presenters work in the television and radio industry. Their role is to inform and entertain the audience.

“There isn’t a typical day to be honest. You can be presenting on air one day or out interviewing guests another day. Some days I’ll just be writing match reports in the office. You might also do some research or go to a game. It’s a cliché but no two days are exactly the same.

“There are many advantages to a career in sports broadcasting: the variety of each day is fantastic; watching sport at home and telling your other half you have to watch it for work. Then she can’t complain, and meeting your sporting heroes is great.

“Be nice. You would be astonished how being polite and not being rude to people can get you a long way.”

“Study what you enjoy and what you are good at. It demonstrates that you have a wide range of knowledge in fields other than sport and media. This can help you when you become a sports broadcaster. Gain plenty of work experience.

“Do anything and work anywhere in the media industry. Be patient. It took me 2 years of writing letters before I got my first work experience. You also need a lot of luck. Be nice. You would be astonished how being polite and not being rude to people can get you a long way!?