A 13-year-old schoolboy from Newbold has been named by BAFTA as a presenting star of the future after an audition that was broadcast to households across the UK this evening.
Daniel McGovern from Chesterfield was one of 10 finalists in the BAFTA Kids Young Presenter competition, which featured in the most recent episode of ITV’s factual entertainment series The Big Audition.
The budding presenters put their interview skills to the test in front of an industry panel including This Morning’s Dr Ranj Singh, Blue Peter’s Lindsey Russell and BAFTA’s Chief Executive Amanda Berry OBE.
The winner of the annual BAFTA competition will present BAFTA Kids online content and film at a number of locations throughout the year. Daniel has already recorded interviews for BAFTA with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan of This Morning fame, presenter Alan Carr and the cast and crew of CBBC Comedy So Awkward.
In November he will walk the red carpet at the British Academy Children’s Awards, where he will report behind the scenes, interview celebrities, and also go on stage to present one of the prestigious awards.
Daniel, who entered the competition with a film demonstrating ways to prank an older brother, said: “It still hasn’t sunk in yet that I’ve won the BAFTA Kids Young Presenter competition! It feels strange because I’m just an ordinary kid and I never expected to have this amazing opportunity. I’m so excited to present an award at the BAFTA Children’s Awards evening and interview people on the red carpet.
I am also looking forward to going behind the scenes of TV shows and finding out what happens off camera and what it takes to make a TV programme. I’d like to meet lots of interesting people: not just the celebrities you see on the TV but all the people behind the scenes too.”