By Evie Andreou
CYPRIOT BBC broadcast reporter Emilia Papadopoulos will be commended in the Rising Star Category at the CIRCOM Prix Ceremony in May 21 in Ireland.
Papadopoulos’ submitted work, her investigations on young men on steroids in gyms and on ISIS, was chosen among more than 200 programme and skills entries from 22 countries.
“It’s nice to be recognised for all the hard work we do as journalists,” Papadopoulos said.
She added that she didn’t believe she would win.
“My editor just put me forward for it; I didn’t think I had any chance. We submitted two of my investigative pieces,” she said.
Born in Limassol to an English mother and a Greek Cypriot father, 28-year-old Papadopoulos said she grew up “100 per cent Kypraia” and she explains how she managed to make her dream a reality.
“I always wanted to be a journalist and work for BBC. After my studies, I started working at the London Greek Radio (LGR) as a reporter and breakfast sports reader and in 2009 I got an internship at BBC and eventually I was given a job in sports,” Papadopoulos said.
For the last two and a half years she has worked as a reporter presenting live for BBC London News Television.
“I cover everything, from football, the arts, to red carpet events,” Papadopoulos said.
The young journalist wants to use her experiences to help and inspire other young Cypriots in the UK.
“Once you get one step of the way, you then have to keep on climbing until you’ve done enough small steps to reach your big dream. I thought no-one was ever going to hire me here. I grew up in Mouttagiaka and my surname is Papadopoulos! I thought they would not want me because they probably won’t be able to pronounce my name!” Papadopoulos said.
Prix CIRCOM regional honours annually the best regional productions of organisations members of the International Cooperative for Research and Action on the Field of Communication which is a professional association of public service television in Europe.