Freelance Entertainment Editor, Kim Carr (left!), writes about TV and Showbiz for national newspapers including The Sun and Daily Mirror. This month she tells us about some of her favourite stories of the moment.
What are you writing about at the moment?
I interviewed Strictly’s Aston Merrygold last week, who is now out on a solo music tour before joining up with fellow dancing stars Harry Judd and Louis Smith in theatre show Rip It Up. It’s nice to see the former JLS member getting a second stab at solo success with his single Get Stupid getting a second lease of life now it’s soundtracking the new Samsung Galaxy TV advert.
What are the headlines everyone’s talking about at the moment?
We’re enjoying the return of Britain’s Got Talent but the Ant McPartlin situation still rumbles on and is generating a lot of heat among TV fans on both sides of the industry. On a personal note, I am still reeling about the death of Timmy Matley, The Overtones singer who was thought to be recovering from skin cancer and looked well when performing on Jane McDonald’s Channel 5 show recently. He was only 36 and a lovely man.
What is your biggest frustration as a journalist?
As a freelancer being asked which publication you’re covering an event or interview for in advance can be annoying, because these days commissions often don’t come until after you can offer quotes to a publication. PRs should consider that having a freelancer at an event or doing an interview offers them the opportunity to reach more than one publication because we can usually share out content to multiple outlets. We take up one space and can deliver lots of content – what’s not to like about that?
What are you watching at the moment?
I’m watching the final series of Nashville with sadness that it’s coming to an end, but also relieved as it feels like it’s done its time. It’s making me want to return to Music City to enjoy the amazing Southern cooking and hospitality of the people but I’ll have to make do with seeing some of the cast live at the 02 Arena in London instead.