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Laura Busson

Tell us a bit about you:

Life is busy but I feel very lucky… I bloody love working in radio and I bloody love my kids… my husband is alright too.

What does your role entail?

I head up the Breakfast team at Hits Radio and manage a large team of both production staff and presenters. Together we create the shiniest, funniest, multi-platform Breakfast offering that we can so that our listeners start their day with a smile on their faces!

Tell us a bit about how you came to join Bauer Media?

I joined Bauer a few months ago, before that I was the Programme Controller at Heart Yorkshire where I clocked up the Station’s highest ever listening figures according to RAJAR in August 2017. This was not only the highest figures for the station but also the highest reach ever recorded on the license.

This is my 18th year working in radio, 13 of those were served nationally at BBC Radio 1 where I produced many flagship shows including The official Chart and Greg James on drive where I picked up a Gold Sony Radio Academy Award for ‘Best Entertainment Programme’ in 2014.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I get up at 3am (eek!) and I get into work for around 4.30am.  I have about an hour to finalise the shape of the show and sniff out all the juiciest bits of overnight news so I’m as organised as possible before the rest of the team get in.  At 5.30am we have a show meeting and record any last minute bits before we go live at 6am.  Then it’s my job to direct the show.  I think the best way to describe what I do is that I’m a bit like a sat nav or the Conductor in an orchestra; looking ahead and bringing all the parts together for each link.  It’s my job to bring all the many elements together. After the show at 10am we have a creative production meeting, pre -record celebrity interviews and plan ahead for the next day and beyond.  I then divvy up all the jobs that need doing and I pull together the plan for the next day and scheduling the different elements together.

Why do you love working at Bauer?

I’m still relatively new here, I’ve only been at Bauer for a few months but I feel at home already! There’s some very talented people here and I’m proud to work with them.

What are you proudest of in your time at Bauer?

I launched the new Hits Radio Breakfast show with Fleur East, Greg and James in July.  Its early days but the team are incredible and I’m so excited to see what we can all achieve together.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to join Bauer?

Bauer is such a massive company, it feels so exciting to be part of something so big and exciting!