What really happens behind those bright lights? Skin Centre Trust Ball auction winner and budding broadcaster, Madison McGregor, finds out when she goes behind the scenes.

Madis­on McGre­gor sat in front of the cam­eras for the first time on the AM Show at Medi­a­Works’ stu­dios. But it prob­a­bly won’t be the last. The 16-year-old Beth­le­hem Col­lege stu­dent has Dun­can Garner’s seat in her sights.

I REALLY WANT TO GET INTO BROADCASTING. Dad called me from the Skin Cen­tre Trust Ball in May, and told me he’d won an auc­tion for the chance to go behind the sce­nes and watch the AM Show being broad­cast live. And to have our day report­ed in UNO. I feel like the jour­ney has real­ly start­ed.”

FATHER, ROB, SAYS, “Madis­on and I went and stayed in a hotel the night before, because it was a real­ly ear­ly start. In fact, we were too ear­ly, so we sat in the car park for a while, watch­ing all the­se famous media per­son­al­i­ties wan­der­ing around, drink­ing cof­fee and chat­ting. It was sur­re­al.”

TV AND RADIO STUDIOS ARE BUSY PLACES, so the friend­ly AM Show crew tucked the father and daugh­ter into seats at the back on the con­trol room so they could get a good view of the lming. Rob says, “Before the show start­ed, we were in the green room. The guests thought we were also guests on the show! Then we went through to the pro­duc­tion room. On TV, the set looks so glam­orous and cosy, but in real life it’s just a few desks in a ware­house. Every­one in the stu­dio had a job to do, and it was all hap­pen­ing at once, with no let up.”

MADISON HAD BEEN A BIT NERVOUS BEFORE THE DAY. What if her idols weren’t quite so nice in real life? “The crew couldn’t have made us feel more spe­cial. Every per­son on-set knew we were com­ing, and their char­ac­ters were the same as on screen, with lots of smil­ing and laugh­ing, on and off cam­era. We also saw the New­shub 6pm stu­dio, where the news is read out, and the Radi­o­LIVE stu­dios.

EVERYONE IN THE STUDIO HAD A JOB TO DO, AND IT WAS ALL HAPPENING AT ONCE, WITH NO LET UP

I TOLD THE PRESENTERS OF MY PLANS TO BECOME A BROADCASTER, and Dun­can Gar­ner said he had done the same course at uni­ver­si­ty that I was plan­ning to do. He insist­ed I had a go at speak­ing into the cam­era.” Take note of Madison’s face. You will prob­a­bly be see­ing her again in a few years!

Madis­on takes Duncan’s seat
Get­ting the tour

Co-hosts Mark Richard­son and Aman­da Gillies
Broad­cast­ing live from the New­shub stu­dios
Madis­on and Rob watch from the back of the con­trol room