Since I was a teenager, it was my incredibly nerdy dream to be a foreign correspondent for a television network. Seriously. In my Year 12 yearbook, the ‘dream job’ I listed was “foreign correspondent.” Probably explains why I never picked up at high school.
For twelve months, I got to live that dream. Many people never get to do what they love, I was fortunate enough to do it for a year. I’m desperately disappointed Ten’s Europe bureau has closed and I'm incredibly saddened by the number of wonderful staff being laid off in Australia. But I have had some amazing experiences in this job which I will never forget and for that I am thankful.
Ten has been very good to me. Giving me a job at age 22 when I looked like a 13 year old; sending me to the Olympics, the Royal Wedding and what seemed like endless trips to Bali; and finally, appointing me as Europe Correspondent. It has been a great place to work, full of great people.
This job has been hard. Really, really hard. The bureau consisted of me. I honestly think it’s the toughest gig in TV journalism. Shooting your own stories, editing your own stories and working sixteen hour days is draining on anyone. But despite the many challenges, I loved it. I really did. And every so often, I thought I made a decent go of it.
The nice folk at Ten offered me a role back in Australia, but I feel my time in London isn’t done yet. There are too many interesting stories still to tell, too many places to go.
I’ll be popping up on Aussie TV every so often but will be embarking on a new adventure shortly.
To those who have sent me the nicest messages of support over the past few weeks, you have my genuine gratitude. It has made a difficult time much more pleasant.
Oh, and it’s not all bad news. In saving my salary, there’s a chance Everybody Dance Now will get a much anticipated second season.
Until next time,