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Name: Mark Adams
Job: Head of Music
1. How did you get into your role?
I began in 1997 working in the operations department as a Broadcast Assistant. I was at college at the time studying Media, English & Science so this was a part time role. In 2000 I managed to secure a job in the music department in the newly formed position of Customer Services Representative. Later that year the current Programming Assistant left on maternity leave and I seized the opportunity to impress the bosses by demonstrating that I had the ability and enthusiasm to feel her role whilst she was on leave. Thankfully when she returned our department had grown (as most departments do) and I was able to continue in my role and work alongside her and continue the development of my career.
2. What do you love about your job?
I’ve been fanatical about music television since I was very young and always dreamed of working for The Box (but never really thought it would happen). So in many ways this is my ideal job. I love music, I love music TV and I love the people I work with.
3. What advice would you give someone looking to get into TV?
I think the best advice I was ever given was to really focus on what part of TV I’d like to work in and then drive towards that. There are so many different avenues in TV to take that you can often get lost in the excitement of wanting to work in various departments; this can be a massive distraction to the development of your career. Keep it simple; know your skills, trust your ability and stay focused.
4. If you could do any other job what would it be?
In my dream world I think I’d have to be a professional footballer - It’s been a lifelong ambition of mine to captain England and lead Chelsea to European glory! My two football idols are Ronald Koeman and Terry Butcher - if you wanted to know.