Radio is searching harder than ever for new services to provide ‘added value’ to listeners. RDS signals and digital technology mean that travel reporting has become an essential part of the output. It has also acted as a springboard for many presenters – those on Five Live are personalities in their own right. It may seem a lowly job to start with but it requires all sorts of journalistic skills – as any other reporting does – and it gets you into a newsroom! A good travel presenter shines out and stands a decent chance of moving into other areas.