Football commentator Clive Tyldesley has visited students on an NCTJ fast-track course to promote a new website aimed at young journalists.
In a one-hour talk at Up To Speed, which is based at the Bournemouth Daily Echo, the ITV commentator described how as an economics graduate he had his first break “making the tea” when Radio Trent first went on air in the 1970s, but soon found himself presenting a late-night rock show as well as covering Nottingham Forest matches.
A transfer to Radio City saw Clive covering Everton and Liverpool before moving on to Granada and then the BBC.
Tyldesley showed the Up To Speed journalism students copies of the meticulous, hand-written notes he makes before every match to ensure that he has all the facts at his fingertips.
Thirty-five years into his career, Tyldesley told the students he remains convinced that he has “the best job in the world”.
The visit to Up To Speed coincided with the launch of Footballcommentator.org.