David Spencer
David Spencer has worked in the radio and TV industry since 1990, as a
journalist, presenter and producer across various stations and networks – including the BBC and Sky News.

After his first full tie job as News Editor at 106.6 Star FM in Slough (where David
also presented the Evening Star music programme) he moved to Fox FM in
Oxford to present the Sony award winning Fox Report. While in Oxford
David also presented various music and news programmes, including the 1997
General Election Special.

In 2001 David set himself up as a self-employed broadcaster, producing and
writing material for radio and corporate clients, including the country's largest
Building Society as well as the world's third largest mining organisation.

Amongst David’s current corporate clients are UK International Media and Press, for whom David produces video content from its huge expos across Europe. Recently David has also helped train military personnel in handling the media, including a NATO exercise in Poland and pre-Afghanistan training for British forces in Kenya.

David has worked at Sky News as Editor of the Radio department, which now supplies all commercial radio stations in the UK with news content. He was also Deputy Editor of the Sony Award nominated Entertainment News service, providing content to radio stations across Europe. Recently David has helped support the new Sky News app on the i-Pad.

Among David's career achievements, are overseeing Sky News’ radio output on the day of the July7th Attacks and for the Michael Jackson trial verdict. David has also overseen huge breaking stories like the death of Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods’ infamous drive incident and the recent hacking enquiries.

David also has vast experience of live broadcasting and presented the Sunday
evening programme on 96.4 The Eagle in Guildford for two years recently and
was also Assistant Programme Controller for Classic Gold.

You can currently hear David present the news on the Sony Award UK Station of the Year 2011, talksport, as well as British Forces Broadcasting.

David also runs Media Mentor, a service providing support, guidance and training to broadcast journalists.

Entries by David Spencer

Sharing Your Experience - The Power of Mentoring

(0) Comments | Posted 17 August 2015 | (04:46)

A recent conversation with a colleague about the lack of knowledge from younger journalists in a newsroom got me thinking about how easy it is to forget that we spend our whole lives learning and developing. It is too easy to criticise people for a lack of general knowledge, especially...

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Shift Terrors - The Health Dangers of Working Unsociable Hours

(1) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (23:18)

When I first heard the Commodores 'classic' Night Shift in the 1980s, it presented a kind of dreamy mystery about working in the darkest hours. It almost seemed appealing in my youth. Years later I would discover that the dreamy mystery I imagined was in fact wondering when I will...

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Remembering 7 July 2005 From the Sky News Basement

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2015 | (12:18)

​One of the earliest lessons I learnt as a Broadcast Journalist, was ​how ​to ​d​eal with heartbreaking and emotionally tough stories while on air. Early in my career I was presenting an hour long local news programme. The date was 13 March 1996. The Dunblane shootings. As a local station,...

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BBC Glastonbury Overload

(5) Comments | Posted 29 June 2015 | (00:00)

It may have escaped your notice, but last weekend was the Glastonbury music festival. Let's be honest, it probably didn't escape your notice, especially if you happened to switch on any of the main BBC outlets on (TV or Radio, or website). It has become a Daily Mail sport to...

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Radio's Hardest Job?

(1) Comments | Posted 28 May 2015 | (08:45)

As the football season draws to a close in the UK, it is time for fans, players and managers to take a break from the frenetic nature of the sport. It is also a time for many commentators to lay down their microphones and rest their voices for a few...

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Remembering Why Radio Is Magic

(0) Comments | Posted 3 May 2015 | (16:00)

When radio legend Tony Blackburn first starting using the new app Periscope, he was praised by some within the radio industry for embracing an opportunity to interact with listeners. He shared videos showing stations he was at and some of the work he was doing. It was all stopped when...

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Hodgson Pays Price for PC Culture

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2013 | (17:58)

Following England's qualification for the World Cup the media was full of the expected speculation about whether the team is good enough to make a mark in Brazil. But the story that lingered in the days after was about Roy Hodgson's half time 'joke'. How the story emerged is perhaps...

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Arctic Monkeys - AM Reviewed

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2013 | (22:14)

Can this really be five albums in for Arctic Monkeys? It seems like just yesterday that they burst onto the scene with the fastest selling debut album of all time - with all that attitude and energy. But like a firework, there is only so long all that crack and...

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Breaking Into the Media

(0) Comments | Posted 27 August 2013 | (02:27)

There are many many journalism courses across the UK now - some argue too many - and obviously the quality varies greatly. For students wishing to embark on a career in the media, most people advise to get a degree. But you need to think about a number of things...

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Lydia Baylis Interview

(0) Comments | Posted 27 August 2013 | (01:18)

It is early summer and I am late for an interview with 24 year old singer Lydia Baylis. All flustered and worried that the reserved time at the offices I have booked has been missed - I am relieved to find that Lydia has already arrived and made herself at...

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Justin Currie - Lower Reaches Review

(0) Comments | Posted 27 August 2013 | (01:15)

In a recent radio appearance on BBC Scotland - the presenter finished off the live set from Justin Currie with a comment about how during interviews he is often self-deprecating, but then he sings. And there the lie of his modesty is revealed. Currie is a hugely under-rated singer -...

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Counting Crows - Live review

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2013 | (12:17)

It has been a few years since Counting Crows last played UK dates, and late into tonight's show lead singer Adam Duritz apologises for the lengthy absence, promising to return sooner. Judging by the sold out show (the first of two dates in London), that return would be welcome despite...

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Mentoring in Media - A Graduate Lesson

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2013 | (12:15)

When I used to dream of being a radio presenter, doing shows in my bedroom and recording them for my friends to listen to, I never expected to end up doing that job for real. I consider myself very lucky to have spent time doing a job that was essentially...

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The Jam - Album Box Set

(0) Comments | Posted 24 December 2012 | (14:37)

For many bands that make an instant impact, the first album can be hard to match - the energy and excitement is difficult to maintain once success arrives. For those looking to leave a longer lasting legacy, there tends to be a slow maturing rather than the Icarus-like success some...

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Review of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds - London's O2

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2012 | (14:58)

When Jeff Wayne first launched his new live show of War of the Worlds in 2006, the move was made with tentative footsteps. Like the alien tentacles referred to in the story, feelers were put out to see how the show would be received and how it could best be...

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A Magical Time Machine: Dreamboats and Petticoats

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2012 | (20:34)

Dreamboats and Petticoats has returned to the West End for a run until January, apparently to coincide with the release of another compilation in the Dreamboats series. Whatever the reason, it is a hugely welcome return. Put simply, the show is Mammia Mia mixed with Greece and was first performed...

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Music Buying Made Difficult

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2012 | (00:13)

It was my recent trip to New York that brought it home to me. Walking around this most fraught and amazing city I tried to find somewhere to buy a CD from an American singer I like called Greg Laswell. But not one place could I find and on asking...

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Libya: Seeking the Truth?

(8) Comments | Posted 22 October 2011 | (19:06)

At a recent introductory session for a course I teach, the fresh group of media hopefuls were asked what they understood the word Journalism to mean. Amongst the many responses was the word trust, or seeking the truth. In response I rudely sniggered. Being the old cynic that I am,...

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Stinker Tailor

(0) Comments | Posted 5 October 2011 | (00:57)

I should have known, I should have learnt by now. You read the reviews, hear the interviews and get excited by the trailer. Yet when you finally finish watching this 'great' movie, you are left feeling slightly cheated and unfulfilled. The previews and reviews for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy have...

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