Top Gear’s Anthony says working in cash-strapped industry is exciting – but tough

By Sean Gannon

Figuring out how to fund high-quality journalism is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today, according to the digital product lead of the BBC’s hit series Top Gear.

Anthony Dhanendran, who describes himself as a ‘recovering journalist’, will be visiting Leeds Trinity University as part of its annual Journalism Week.

He is employed at BBC Worldwide, where he has worked since 2012, and has been a part of the Top Gear website team for the past two years.

Anthony said: “It’s exciting to work in publishing/journalism in 2016 but also tough. There’s money to be made, but it’s hard to find, and hard to figure out how.”

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He added that things moved quickly and it could be hard to figure out what to do as a publisher, or as a working journalist.

A veteran of over 10 years in the industry, Anthony is an experienced product manager who has worked in journalism, publishing and digital video.

In his current role, he is responsible for deciding how the website team spends its money and what they build next, as well as ensuring that the website remains profitable.

When asked what his favourite part of the job was, he said: “It’s always good to get down to filming of the TV show and to watch everyone do their laps around the famous circuit.”

Anthony started his career when he went to journalism school after university, and then fell into working in print at Computeractive tech magazine.

After becoming more involved in the web side of journalism, he eventually moved to the BBC to work in editorial on their Global iPlayer service.

Anthony said that he was looking forward to coming in and meeting the students of Leeds Trinity, adding that: “It’ll be interesting to learn what you all think is coming up and to understand what makes you tick as journalists and as readers.”

Anthony’s talk will start at 3.15pm on Tuesday November 15.

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