Being A Media Mum

Wednesday 19th January | The Gibson Building, 19-35 Rathbone Street, London, W1T 1NJ

It’s a dilemma that many of us face: how to balance the career you love with the family life you’d love to have.

New networking organisation Young Women Working in Media joined up with The Radio Academy to host this session about how to have it all, from the women who are making motherhood work for them.

Natasha Desborough, Nemone Metaxas, Lisa Kerr, Sandy Warr

(L-R) Natasha Desborough, Nemone Metaxas, Lisa Kerr, Sandy Warr

The panel was hosted by Sandy Warr, Chair of the London Events Committee, and she was joined by:

Natasha Desborough – Writer and Broadcaster. Natasha began her career as Programme Controller for Crystal Palace FC’s own radio station. She worked at Invicta FM and XFM before moving to the BBC 6 Music weekend breakfast show. She has two sons and, since the birth of her second son, she has written the comedy parenting guide The Parental Advisory Manual, now being developed for television. She also writes a weekly spoof parenting column for The Sun online. On being a media mum she says:

Personally, I have found it very difficult to be a parent and stay working in the media. Unless you have a very co-operative extended family or earn enough to hire a nanny, it can be tricky to juggle motherhood and work. I have neither the extended family nor the money for help. And I’m not sure I would want it. I felt dreadful pressure to return to work after the birth of my two boys and each instance was back on air after just five weeks. Too soon. I have now chosen to change the direction of my career to fit in with motherhood rather than the other way round.

Lisa Kerr – Director of Strategy at RadioCentre. Lisa recently spent a year working for the entire radio sector as Campaign Director for Digital Radio UK leading the radio industry’s parliamentary and communications strategy for the Digital Economy Act. Lisa was previously MD of The Local Radio Group and is also a former award-winning presenter and producer for Radio Forth and Classic FM. She is a Fellow (and a Trustee) of The Radio Academy, a member of the Sony Radio Academy Awards Committee, and was recently awarded the Arqiva Commercial Radio Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Long Term Development of Commercial Radio. Lisa lives near Elgin with her husband and two young children, and commutes to London from Scotland every week. Lisa is currently expecting her third child.

Nemone Metaxas – presenter, BBC 6 Music. Nemone started at Kiss 102 in Manchester. After five years at Radio 1 on the Weekend Breakfast Show and then lunchtimes, she moved to 6 Music, presenting the daily lunchtime show for the last four years. On being a media mum Nemone says:

The last 12 months of being back in work after having a baby have been fascinating. Juggling a new little person’s needs with the demands of life with a job in the media. Keeping all the balls in the air takes some doing…and they don’t always stay up but its fun trying! Being a mum has definitely given me another perspective on it all.

The panel spoke of their varying experiences of motherhood, and passed on some sound advice to the audience about how they overcame the various challenges they faced and what they did to help balance their work and home lives.

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And you can also hear what the audience had to say.

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Young Women Working in Media are a collection of happy-go-lucky ladies who work or want to work in media.

Their panel discussions give members an insight into different sections of the media, and issues that affect all women across all disciplines, whether it’s radio, TV, journalism, PR or publishing. Better still their monthly sessions mean members can chat to other women who are in the same position, and get tips and build contacts in an informal and no-pressure environment.

Their aim is to tackle the barriers that women face, through helping them have access to experts, and letting them ask the questions it’s sometimes difficult to get answered whether it’s about getting a foot in the door, how to build your skills, or how to start a family without hindering your career.

To find out more, please visit their website.