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Journalism student shadows his BBC hero

A journalism student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) had the opportunity to shadow his hero on a day’s placement at the BBC.

Mohammed Salim Patel suffers from severe visual impairment but hopes to follow in the footsteps of blind journalist Peter White and forge a career in radio for himself.

The BA (Hons) International Journalism student was invited by Chas Watkin, editor of You and Yours, to spend a day behind the scenes of the BBC Radio 4 programme, which White hosts.

During the day Salim was invited to take part in editorial meetings, suggest ideas and see the show produced and broadcasted live.

As a regular listener, the Blackburn student was delighted to see what goes into the production of You and Yours.

He said: “I loved every second of the day. I was genuinely taken aback by the level of professionalism of all of the team and the manner in which they went about doing their jobs.”

Salim also had the chance to chat at length with White and was honoured to have the opportunity to watch him work.

“Peter was a delight to meet. He was very kind and welcoming and made me feel very comfortable. It was really nice to meet him and see him work his magic. Seeing him work has only increased my admiration and inspiration to achieve the heights he has reached.”

Senior lecturer Deborah Robinson was responsible for arranging Salim’s placement. She added: “Salim had a wonderful day at Media City with the You and Yours team, who gave him a fantastic insight into how a popular, national radio programme is produced and presented.

“I am particularly grateful for the time the editor, Chas Watkin, and the programme presenter, Peter White, spent with Salim; answering his questions and generally making him feel like one of the team.

“The BBC’s stated commitment to widening access and career opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds was experienced in a very personal and inspiring way by Salim. It is a day he will never forget and which will motivate him to achieve his dream of being a professional broadcast journalist.

“Salim is a student on our BA International Journalism course, led by my colleague Megan Knight. We are very proud of what he has achieved and hope the knowledge and training Salim acquires from his course will equip him with all the skills he will need to present his own radio programme one day.”