Richard Midson is a former news editor and broadcaster for the second largest news organisation in the UK. He was a communications professional for the leader of the third-largest group in the European Parliament. He’s a former YouTuber, a podcaster and a podcast guest. For 20 years Richard has been involved in communications and using communications tools to get messages across.
Richard began his career as a result of what he calls one of the luckiest moments in his life. He had no formal journalism training but got an opportunity to learn on the job at a local radio station near where he lived. Three years later he became a duty news editor for the radio division of the second biggest news organisation in the UK, supplying 300 independent local radio stations with national and international news. Three years after that he became the drivetime news anchor for LBC News, an all-news rolling news station where he presented 2.5 hours of mostly unscripted news radio, 5 nights a week across London UK.
He has worked for ITN, LBC NEWS, Cable 17 TV, 2-TEN FM, Radio Jackie. Thames Radio, News Direct and ITN digital.
Over his broadcasting career, Richard made hard-hitting documentaries on the sex industry, solvent abuse, disabled access and environmentalism. He’s reported from inside riots and even sung (badly) on stage for one report but he says he never plays that report back to anyone!
After leaving broadcasting full time, Richard set up a YouTube channel called FullFlap.TV about private aircraft flying. Across the series, the show went on to gain 1.6 million views.
The experience lead him into the social media business, where he became a partner in a firm supplying written blog content to clients from a team of writers.
An opportunity to work in European Politics was too good to turn down and for 3.5 years he worked as a communications professional for the then leader of the third-largest political group in the European Parliament. The time period covered the Brexit referendum.
One of Richard’s passions is technology both in work and outside. To relax after work he used to code complex computer platforms to help him in his day job. He describes coding as being like “suduko on fire”, a puzzle but with something you use at the end. As a result of this passion, after Brexit, Richard moved to Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com, one of the world’s biggest website suppliers. It’s here he advocates for podcasting and helps site owners with podcasting issues.
Outside of work, Richard has had a wide variety of hobbies. He’s competed in rally driving, walking, e-biking, rides horses whenever he gets the opportunity, was a private pilot of small aircraft and has enjoyed activities like dog sledding expeditions above the arctic circle and of course, podcasting!