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An invitation to Sky News

- Barbara Wilson

I was just getting the tube home having won my first tiny piece of business as someone who is newly self-employed, when I thought I’d check my emails.  There nestling amongst the emails from Hobbs, Peruvian Connection and Amazon, was an email from Jessica at Sky News asking me whether I would like to be interviewed in connection with a Macmillan Press Release, embargoed until the next day, about increasing levels of discrimination against people working with cancer. She said she had got my details from The Women’s Room. My immediate reaction was elation, followed swiftly by panic followed by wondering if the whole thing was a spoof.  I emailed her back; no it was all very real.

We spoke later and in a terrifyingly mad moment I said I’d go on TV, at 9:30 the next morning.  They told me they’d send a car to collect me and bring me back.  For me! It was all so unreal.  I’ve never been on TV before – after almost 40 years working in high profile jobs in the City but with no media training, suddenly I’m on TV.  There’s no-one to advise me, train me or more importantly, tell me I can’t do it. So what the hell!

Having advised Mr Wilson, my two sons and a few close members family members and friends I was even more terrified. What if I screwed up, how would I ever live it down? I mugged up that evening learning more statistics than I’d ever need – do you know that there are 700,000 people of working age living with cancer and less than 2% get specialist support to help them return to work? Bet you didn’t!  I then spent rather longer wondering what to wear: the blue dress with the short sleeves and low ’V’ neck, professional and cool (but the ‘V’ neck is quite low), or the purple notch-neck dress with long sleeves?  I decided on the latter.  I went to bed early and then didn’t sleep a wink.

So, the morning came, breakfast of sorts was eaten and I chose the other dress – the long sleeves were far too warm and how would I cope with my terrible, unpredictable hot flushes?  Then more worries - what would I do if I needed the loo? Should I take Imodium; maybe one for safety’s sake?

The car arrived, driven by a lovely chatty man, and the weather was beautiful but the traffic was doing an impression of a car park.  More stress and deep breathing.  I arrived in plenty of time but having got through security realised it was only 15 mins until my interview slot – but no-one seemed to be in a hurry.  I was shown into the news room – loads of desks and busy, casually dressed people and then into the Green Room – well it was a red room really.  Suddenly I was straight into make-up. I was still pinching myself at this stage.  I thought I was beautifully made up already but the lovely lady made me look so much better – can I hire her on a daily basis?  After what seemed ages it was back to the red, sorry Green Room, surrounded by TVs, and with banks of newspapers.  Then, weirdly a strange sense of calm as time passed and no-one came to get me.  My 9:30 slot came and went and it was 9:35. What would the family be thinking? Maybe they wouldn’t use me….

A lady wandered in wearing headphones – who was she, I have no idea, but she took me on to the set (yes it’s just a big island set in the middle of all the news desks) and told me to mind the cables.  There was Gillian Joseph the newsreader interviewing someone about the local elections and UKIP. I had no idea what I going to be asked by Gillian but I felt calm – how could I feel so calm, I kept asking myself?

So, dear reader, I was on for 5 minutes – it seemed like 60 seconds - but it was absolutely terrific.  I could answer the questions in my sleep they were so easy and Gillian was so nice.  I glowed all day as a result.

And what did I learn? Well that I can do it – actually, we all can. We just need to get more women to step forward and be counted. Counted loud and clear!

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