Tom Heap says family are ‘used to him being away’ as he addresses Countryfile impactApril 25, 2021
Countryfile: Tom Heap discusses natural world education
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Tom Heap, 55, is back on Countryfile today as he investigates the rise in dog thefts around the UK. Speaking recently to Express.co.uk, the BBC presenter opened up about filming the show and how his family are used to him being away from home for chunks of time.
The way Countryfile has been filmed over the past year has changed dramatically in light of Covid-19.
As a result, Tom and the rest of the Countryfile team have been filming a lot more from home.
However, his work on the show does sometimes take him around the country, and the broadcaster opened up about what his family think about this.
He explained: “Throughout my professional life both myself and my family have been used to me being away for long or short periods.
“It’s not like I’ve ever really had a nine to five job so I mean it’s a usual thing.
“It’s quite nice to get away and it’s always nice to come home.”
Tom has been a journalist for many years, beginning his career at Sky News before transferring to the BBC.
As well as his Countryfile role, he is currently the BBC’s Rural Affairs Correspondent.
The broadcaster opened up about how lucky he has been in his career so far to travel and report on different stories.
He continued: “I think, on the whole, I enjoy the getting away.
“I’m very lucky to be able to see things.
“I’ve always thought it’s very important for the job, and I don’t want to sound too pompous, but to sort of bear witness.
“It’s part of the journalist’s job: to see for yourself and make a judgement.
“And that is the more difficult thing to do [now] obviously.”
The Countryfile presenter was speaking ahead of his podcast series returning to BBC Radio 4.
Tom has been fronting a programme called 39 Ways to Save The Planet since the end of last year.
The series recently returned with new episodes and some special accompanying videos.
39 Ways is all about looking at ways climate change is already being tackled to highlight a more positive angle to the global situation.
Speaking about this, Tom explained: “It’s a real passion project. I have been working in climate and Rural Affairs broadcasting for really the last 20 years since 2000.
“I was in journalism before that, but I started specialising in this area.
“Increasingly, in the last few years, I felt that we were covering the undoubted problem, the urgency and importance of climate change pretty well.
“But what we’re not talking about are the solutions out there, the narrative of what is being done and what needs to be done.”
Currently, there are 18 episodes available on BBC iPlayer for viewers to catch up on.
Some of the topics already covered include looking at how to make steel production greener and how seaweed can help tackle climate change.
Countryfile airs on Sunday evenings at 6pm on BBC One.
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