Megan Murphy

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Megan Murphy

Presenter and Journalist | ITV Channel Television

What does a typical day look like for you? 

I present the morning news during Good Morning Britain throughout the week, so I must be in the office at 5am to get ready for our first bulletin at 6 o’clock. In the mornings I check scripts, ensure no breaking stories have happened overnight and update the latest weather forecast. I present three bulletins in the morning, at 6am, 7am and 8am. I also present lunch time news at 1:55pm so usually spend the morning liaising with reporters and choosing which stories I want for the afternoon bulletin.

How did you get your job? / What training, degree, education do you need? 

I went to university to study Radio Production, when I returned to the Island three years later, I worked for Channel 103 and the Jersey Evening Post. When I started at ITV, I joined their Traineeship programme, where I travelled across the UK and had access to specialised training from some of the best in the industry – learning how to write scripts, use the cameras and present on screen.

What are the most important skills needed for your role/job? 

Time keeping is one of the most important skills for my career in TV, you need to hit deadlines to the exact second. It is important to be confident, as we deal with members of the public and people we don’t know every day.

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role? 

As the industry develops, it’s always important for journalists to make sure that we have our heads around the areas we work in. Ensuring we continue to develop our communication skills is vital as we will continue to work with the public each day. Making sure we keep our digital skills up to date is also very important because as the digital world develops, there are greater opportunities to use new platforms and techniques to reach our audience.

What is the best part of your job? / What motivates you in this role?

The best part of my job is having the opportunity to let the community know the latest news every morning, so that they can begin their day in the most informed way possible. Having the responsibility of telling people across the Channel Islands the latest breaking stories is a real honour. 

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession? 

Work experience is the most valuable opportunity to have when looking to pursue a career in the media industry. Being able to learn on the job and show your skills and passion will be invaluable when it comes to applying for jobs. In order to better understand what areas, you are most interested in, I would apply to learn from as many outlets as possible, soaking up all the advice and experience of real-life journalists.

Tell us a fun fact… 

I attended the Queen’s Funeral at Windsor Castle in 2022. 

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