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

The Vagaries of the News Lexicon

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2015 | (21:24)

On a recent episode of Radio 4's excellent Media Show, the coverage of the Paris attacks was discussed and the use of the word terror. It was interesting to hear how the BBC approaches the use of the word and its advice to journalists. Caution is advised against describing something...

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Making the Most of Your Media Opportunities

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2015 | (19:25)

Two weeks ago, the first radio station I worked at was turned off with little fuss and little attention. A sad end to what was a terrific radio station when it launched. Star FM (later re-branded Time) had good intent when it first broadcast in May 1993. Not only with...

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Going to University: It's Not Academic

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2015 | (03:22)

As many students settle into their first year at university and when the next tranche of teenagers visit institutions across the UK, choosing where they will do their degree, I reflect on the stark difference between my two children and their journeys through the education system.

Our (now) 26-year-old is...

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Let's Talk About X! Is It Wrong to Target a Male Radio Audience?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 September 2015 | (22:02)

Amid the fanfare and publicity that saw the arrival of Radio X, there was more than a touch of discontent about the station's target audience and male presenter line up. The likes of Fiona Sturges wrote in the Independent about the station taking radio back 20 years, partly down to...

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CV or Not CV - That Is the Question

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2015 | (18:48)

A recent conversation with a colleague, who is Managing Director of a publishing company led to a fascinating revelation. He told me that he never looks at the CV of applicants for jobs in his company. I was surprised to say the least but he asked me what the point...

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Sharing Your Experience - The Power of Mentoring

(0) Comments | Posted 17 August 2015 | (05:46)

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 29 July 2015 | (00:18)

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 | (13:18)

​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 | (01:00)

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 | (09:45)

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 | (17:00)

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 | (18:58)

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 | (23:14)

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 | (03:27)

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 | (02:18)

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 | (02:15)

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 | (13:17)

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 | (13:15)

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 | (15:37)

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 | (15:58)

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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