Media Futures: Eurovision, Millionaire, and The Circle : an insider’s tale

Broadcast Journalism graduate, Joe Mason, got his dream job working at the Eurovision Song Contest. He shares tips on climbing the TV career ladder and working on some of the world's most-loved shows.

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Get the inside story on some of TV's biggest moments in 2020!

Within three years Joe Mason went from working as a BBC researcher, producing YouTube vlogs about the Eurovision Song Contest as a hobby, to becoming @Eurovision’s lead digital producer overseeing the official output on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for audiences across the world. 

As well as working on Eurovision's alternative programming, this year saw him work on a range of historic TV moments including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire's first winner in 14 years, A Question of Sport's final episode with Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell, the third series of The Circle and Channel 4's brand new adventure-reality commission, The Bridge. 

Biography

After graduating from Broadcast Journalism at Leeds in 2014, Joe became a freelance presenter for the national children's radio station, Fun Kids, subsequently joining BBC Children's as a runner in MediaCityUK. 

He has worked in TV production as a researcher on a variety of well-known shows including Blue Peter, The Dengineers and A Question of Sport. After spending a year living in Geneva, Switzerland and working at the European Broadcasting Union, he returned to Manchester in 2019 as a Freelance TV Assistant Producer, working internationally initially as the Digital Producer for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Poland, and Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands.  

Joe was heavily involved in both LSTV and Leeds Student Radio, winning multiple SRA and NaSTA Awards including Best On-Screen Male in 2014.