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Paul Fletcher

Paul Fletcher

Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC Sport Interactive




​What is your current job?

I'm the Senior Broadcast Journalist at BBC Sport Interactive. I have worked for the BBC for around 14 years and help to organise and commission a lot of the football content on the BBC website. A major part of my job involves our live text commentaries. I have worked at three European football championships, three World Cup Finals and numerous other major events including the London Olympics.

Where did you start in your career?

I worked for a press agency in Leeds for several years, gaining valuable experience of both writing and broadcasting. I joined the BBC in 2001 and have been a member of the website team since then, filling a series of writing and editorial roles.

What was your highlight whilst at Leeds Trinity University?

I hugely enjoyed the history course, but generally had a great time and feel that I developed hugely as a person during my years in Leeds.

Where did you go for professional work placement?

I did one placement at a company called BC Marketing in Preston and another at Graham Poulter's advertising agency in Leeds.

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

Don't let the disappointment of failure set you back. Trying to carve out a media career is not always easy and very competitive. Dust yourself down and go again.

What is your dream job?

Manager of Preston North End.

Person you'd most like to work with?

I've not met them yet. I could tell you a few I don't want to work with.


Hmm. Sir Tim Finney in many respects but I don't really have one.

Most embarrassing career moment?

I once got the score wrong in a match report. I missed the late equaliser.

If you were to take a gap year, what would you do?

Travel or write a book, ideally a combination of the two.

Sum yourself up in three words.

Tired, creative and upbeat.