Discover how Ranvir Singh became a Daybreak presenter.
As far back as I can remember, my dad would always make sure the whole family was sitting quietly when the evening news came on. He'd say - you have to know what's happneing in the world - and it stuck with me for life! Though I never thought I'd make a career out of it...
After finishing university, I was going through the usual, so-called safe career choices. These were namely becoming a solicitor or a teacher (lack of a biology GCSE ruled out being a doctor). A friend then suggested that, with my English degree, I should try writing the news. Light bulb moment!
I got myself onto a post-grad diploma in broadcast journalism and astonishingly everything fell into place. A six month contract at BBC local radio was given to me before I'd even finished the course. I went on to produce and present radio news programmes, report, and read the news for several years, before moving to television. In 2007, after a couple of years as a TV reporter, including specialising in education, I was asked to be the permanent presenter of the BBC evening news programme in the north west of England. Combined with regular presenting on breakfast shows, and phone-ins on Five Live radio, I've covered everythng from major sporting events, to political car crashes (Gordon Brown's bigotmoment being the most memorable) to gangland shootings. Life is nothing if not varied, allbeit with very little sleep - which is great training for Daybreak!
What are you most looking forward to about working on Daybreak?
Being part of a great on screen team - when you feel at home and relaxed with the people around you, viewers naturally want to be part of it. I can't fake chemistry, so if it's there, it's real.
Who would you most like to meet/interview that you haven't already?
Is it too predictable to say Madiba (Nelson Mandela as he's more commonly known)? If you can love someone you've never met, then this soul is it.
Who is the most memorable celebrity/personality you have ever met and why?
Okay, for the girls, it's Kim Cattrall - I swear she took out a pair of Manolo Blahnik's to wear especially for the interview even though she knew just her head and shoulders would be seen. For the boys, and any fans of Shawshank Redemption, it's Tim Robbins. He was touring with his band and was playing in a tiny church hall that night. He turned up like a regular Joe, no entourage, no airs and graces, and thanked me for sparing the time to interview him!?!
If you weren't a presenter what would you be doing as a job?
Hmm...a barrister, your Honour.
Are you a good morning person?
Who would you choose to play you in a film version of your life?
Aishwarya Rai - come on, films are fantasy right? I can dream can't I?!
Tell us one fact about yourself that we'd be surprised to learn?
I'm a qualified acting teacher - oh, and I have a double jointed neck.