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14th Aug, 2022

Commonwealth Games job gives budding broadcaster a foot on the ladder

A BUDDING broadcaster from Stratford hopes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help out with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will kick start his career.

Rory Chester, who has spent the last two years working as a delivery driver, is all set to work with Games host broadcaster Sunset+Vine as an assistant floor manager. He will be working with the broadcasting team in Leamington, bringing the lawn bowls competition to TVs around the world.

The 25-year-old, from Snitterfield, was given this opportunity thanks to Sunset+Vine’s Host Broadcasting Initiative, which offered 200 work experience placements on its outside broadcasts and studio productions.

After taking part in the training earlier this year, which saw the sports journalism graduate receive industry-level skills training across a variety of disciplines – including live TV, broadcasting and production – Rory is now looking forward to playing his part in the screening of the Games.

He said: “This is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down and I really hope it will help me to get to know some people in the broadcasting industry so I can start getting some freelance television production work.

“It’s really hard to get into the industry so having Sunset+Vine’s name on my CV and the fact I worked at the Commonwealth Games is amazing. I can’t wait to get started and learn about how live broadcasting works at this scale. I feel really lucky to have been given the opportunity”.

David Tippet, managing director of Sunset+Vine, said providing paid work opportunities for those wanting to break into sports broadcasting or to those who wanted to expand their skills and work experience was an important part of the legacy programme for the Commonwealth Games.

Roles include content creators, production co-ordinators, media managers, camera operators, edit assistants, loggers, live gallery PAs, assistant floor managers and technical roles.

Sunset+Vine will continue to mentor trainees post Games, helping them to launch a career in the industry.

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