Gareth graduated from the University of Winchester in 2012 and has been working at beIN Sports, formerly Al Jazeera Sport, ever since. His role now involves producing all the latest news from Brazil in a live daily programme.
Gareth writes features, edits pictures, creates graphics and arranges live ‘stand-ups’ with the channel’s reporters in Brazil. When the story of Luis Suarez's bite in the Uruguay-Italy match broke, Gareth was at the centre of collating the reports.
“It's by far the biggest story of the tournament so far and we got every aspect of that story on screen for our viewers,” said Gareth. “There were so many different factors that you had to soak up and digest. We had access to the most telling pictures, the fallout from the incident, post-match reaction and statements from everybody involved.
“The World Cup has been a very intense operation but airing four studios every day to an audience as vast as the Middle East and North Africa is undeniably rewarding.”
Gareth first joined Al Jazeera Sport when he was asked to freelance during Euro 2012.
“It came about around one week after I had completed my Journalism course, so it took me by surprise,” explained Gareth. “I owe that opportunity solely to one of the lecturers on the course, Angus Scott, who is one of the lead broadcasters at the company. Angus recommended me to his boss as he truly believed I had shown qualities at the University of Winchester to succeed in a professional environment. This freelancing led to a job offer with beIN Sports.”
In addition to covering the World Cup, Gareth has produced and edited content for all the big leagues in world football, as well as a variety of other major sporting events such as the Six Nations, Box Office Boxing, Formula One, tennis and athletics.
While at the University of Winchester, Gareth was Sports Editor for Winchester News Online (WINOL) and was a finalist in the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) awards.
“The University of Winchester was a fantastic platform to start building a portfolio and professional contacts,” added Gareth. “It’s advantageous to know people in the industry to give you that chance to show exactly what you are capable of.
“What I enjoyed most about the course was how practical it was. We had so many opportunities to go out and report news, both local and national, using the facilities and equipment available to us – it felt like a real news station.
“The training I received has played a huge part in where I am today, and where I intend to end up in the future.”
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