TV talk for St Monica’s

Excitement was in the air when a group of students from a Salford school learned about a number of coveted careers in television.

Katharine McCallum, a producer from Salford-based programme maker Purple Productions, spoke to an eager group of 25 Year 9 pupils from St Monica’s RC High School in Prestwich.  

In the talk, organised by State Talking, Katherine took time to explain the different jobs people do in television and talked about some of the routes you can take to get there.

Katherine took on many short contracts as a TV runner, the most junior role, whilst still studying at Queen’s University in Belfast. She later secured a junior researcher role before working her way up to producer level.

Media City production company Purple Production’s credits include Motorway Cops, Haven Made and Villages By The Sea for BBC1, Antiques Hunters on Tour for Channel 4, and the quiz show Lingo for ITV.

Denis Breen, deputy head, St Monica’s RC High School, said: “Kathryn delivered an inspiring talk to our Year 9 pupils about careers available in the media.

“We are always grateful to welcome speakers from State Talking who inspire our young people and show them what’s possible for them”.

Fran Kennedy, founder, State Talking, said: “Who hasn’t once dreamed of working in television?

“For the Year 9s at St Monica’s, the fantasy feels perhaps one step closer, having spent time with Katherine and learned about what it involves.”