Gabby Logan ; MY LIFE IN MEDIA ++ 'Live Presentation, Communication and Flexibility Are All Key. There Is No Pattern, Rhyme or Reason in What Goes on and You Need to Be Prepared for Anything'

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Gabby Logan ; MY LIFE IN MEDIA ++ 'Live Presentation, Communication and Flexibility Are All Key. There Is No Pattern, Rhyme or Reason in What Goes on and You Need to Be Prepared for Anything'


Gabby Logan , 34, hosts Inside Sport on BBC1 and is a presenter on Radio Five Live. She was previously a mainstay of ITV's sports coverage and has written columns for national newspapers including The Independent and The Times.

She is a former gymnast who competed at the Commonwealth Games. The daughter of Terry Yorath, the Welsh ex-footballer, she is married to Kenny Logan, the Scottish rugby union player, and lives in London.

She is sailing in The Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes on 3 August, an event created to find the top sailor at Skandia Cowes Week 2007(www.volkswagen.co.u k/Touareg and www.kingof-cowes.com).

What inspired you to embark on a career in the media?

Growing up I was in contact with the media more than average due to my dad's job. Then when I was a teenager I appeared on Blue Peter as a gymnast. I loved the buzz of the place and the live element of the show.

When you were 15 years old, which newspaper did your family get, and did you read it?

There was always a Sun, Mirror, Mail and then the Yorkshire Evening Post. The broadsheet would be The Times but I was interested in picking any of them up.

And what were your favourite TV and radio programmes?

I remember Steve Wright and the posse, and Simon Mayo and Sybil Ruscoe. I used to love watching Auf Wiedersehen, Pet with my dad and an interest in News-round led me on to pro-grammes such as World in Action and Panorama. There were also sports shows on in our house.

Describe your job.

Diverse - as a broadcast journalist, live presentation, communication and flexibility are all key. There is no pattern, rhyme or reason in what goes on and you need to be prepared for anything.

What's the first media you tune into in the mornings?

Radio Five Live as it gives an overview of everything. I will also watch BBC Breakfast while the kids watch Channel Five cartoons.

Do you consult any media sources throughout the day?

I change my papers to get a variety of opinion and styles. I also consult BBC radio and television programmes, and Sky Sports News. Online is also important.

What is the best thing about your job?

The unpredictability. I often have times of the day free that other people may not - so I enjoy spending time with my kids when I get it.

And the worst?

When the unpredictability means I am away from my family for too long. Being judged publicly can also have its drawbacks, though I accept it is part of the job.

Do you feel you have influence in the media?

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