- News Technician
- Media BTEC
Mark Hilton enrolled on the BTEC Media course at Hopwood Hall College in 2002, having underachieved at school and worked in a series of uninspiring jobs.
He felt studying a college course could offer him a new direction in life. The Media course involved Mark working with real clients and he made a film for inmates of Buckley Hall prison. Having this type of hands-on experience made Mark realise he had found his vocation.
Whilst at college Mark discovered he was dyslexic and was given the additional support he needed to achieve top grades and went on to gain a BA (Hons) in Television and Radio at The University of Salford. Even before he had achieved a 2:1 in his finals, Mark had been snapped up by local TV station, Channel M and offered the role of News Camera Operator.
Now as News Technician with Setanta / ITN, Mark covers major sporting news in the north of England sending both live and recorded pictures to London for transmission. Working out of a satellite van means Mark is first to the region’s sports news as it happens.
“I owe a lot to the tutors who encouraged me to achieve my career goals. When I first started college I didn’t even know how to turn a computer on and now I operate a camera, edit, use satellite up-link equipment and also conduct interviews with sports professionals and managers. Although working to meet tight news deadlines can often be stressful, I love going in to work and feel I have certainly achieved my objective in gaining the skills I needed to secure my dream job.”