Tony Coll media training and communication interview
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MY STORY
Film-maker | Trainer | Public Speaker

“… an original thinker with an amazing ability to raise dry, everyday life-situations to a bright and interesting level.” 

Andy Moore, HandyFish Ltd 

“… an original thinker with an amazing ability to raise dry, everyday life-situations to a bright and interesting level.” 

Andy Moore, HandyFish Ltd 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN WALTHAMSTOW… 

I’ve worked in communication ever since leaving Lincoln College, Oxford, in 1972. I started as a newspaper reporter on the Waltham Forest Guardian in Walthamstow, North East London, and was promoted to Chief Reporter of the Epping Gazette, in Essex, in 1975. I then spent a year on the Sheffield Morning Telegraph, followed by a spell teaching English in Germany. 

Back in the UK I spent two years as a subeditor (desk writer) at the BBC World Service in London. Off to Manchester then, I worked as a reporter and producer for BBC and independent local radio and BBC regional TV.

Also in Manchester I developed a fun sideline as a topical songwriter and performer, producing a song every week for BBC Radio Manchester and occasionally on TV chat shows in Leeds and Newcastle. I and my future wife Pam Beddard and two others then formed a comedy group and took our song & sketch show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. An early cast member was a then unknown young drama student called Steve Coogan…

In 1987 Pam and I moved to Bristol, where we still live. Here I’ve worked as a writer and creative director in advertising, corporate video and TV development, and landed a weekly topical song slot on an ITV West late-night chat show, which lasted two years. 

A major training company then asked me to run Media Training courses for the UK Civil Service, and this has now expanded to other training workshops covering various aspects of media communication, leadership and personal development. 

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