Ron Chakraborty

Ron Chakraborty

BBC TV Producer - Sports

The BBC is home to a number of our graduates. Ron Chakraborty left Christ Church in 1992 with a Radio, Film and TV degree (now FRTV) and has since become the man who masterminds the production of our favourite television sports programmes.

“I had no idea what I wanted to do when I left Christ Church, other than it would be in media. I had a background in TV and broadcasting, but felt I needed to do a journalism course to give me more options, which I did. I then worked on the Slough Observer for four years, first in news and then sport. I was sub-editor at the Daily Express for a short period when I saw an ad for a sub-editor and copywriter for the BBC. I didn’t get the job, but one of the interview panel offered me the post of Trainee Assistant Producer in broadcasting. I was thrilled to join a team of six working on Grandstand and Match of the Day. I was lucky enough to have the contract extended to a permanent one and was Assistant Producer until 2002 when I became an Output and Gallery Producer.”

"I worked on sporting events for Match of the Day and Final Score and covered Wimbledon for 15 years. I worked with Sue Barker and John Inverdale on Wimbledon for nine years as Producer, and covered the 6 Nations for 10 years. I have covered the last four Olympic Games, and Glasgow was my fourth Commonwealth Games. With live sports you never know what you are going to get and it is largely unscripted because you are reacting to events as they happen. With football’s Final Score for example, you can have a day when all the big teams are playing but it turns out to be not so interesting; that’s when you need to have facts and figures at your fingertips to make it more entertaining. I am now in charge of the management and production for all our major multi-sport events. I returned from the Winter Olympics in Sochi straight into preparations for the Commonwealth Games."

"I am living my dream – I am a sports fan who got lucky and am doing the next best thing to competing. Covering live sporting events is fantastic and I am also lucky that I work with other Christ Church alumni. For a couple of years at Wimbledon we used some music composed by Steve Large, a very talented guy who was at Canterbury at the same time as me, and Sharon Fuller is part of my core team, organising all the staffing and travel logistics for major events. My wife and I have promised that we will take each other back to our old universities, and I am looking forward to returning to Christ Church to see how it has changed."

"I am living my dream – I am a sports fan who got lucky and am doing the next best thing to competing. Covering live sporting events is fantastic and I am also lucky that I work with other Christ Church alumni."

Ron Chakraborty, Graduate
 

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