At the end of last year I took part in Channel 4’s Alternative Voices project. It was part of their #BornRisky campaign which highlighted their commitment to taking creative risks. I was one of five people with audible disabilities who they trained as continuity announcers, and over a two-week period we introduced some of their biggest shows.
The project and announcements were well received, both by viewers and within the industry – the campaign even picked up a British Arrows Award.
I’m excited to tell you I’ll be back at Channel 4, so tonight’s announcements will once again be enriched by biscuits and cats! You won’t be able to see me though because we’re doing it as close to live as possible. Yesterday I scripted all my links and had a run-down of all the technical stuff.
In a few hours I’ll head off for a final run-through and then I’ll be in your living room from 8pm. What interests me most about doing this is that it isn’t part of an ‘inspirational story’ – it’s simply allowing audible difference to be broadcast within the normal workings of the Channel. Look out for Kate from the original group who’ll be back in the coming weeks too.