Sharon Hedges – Editor

Who is Sharon Hedges?

I am an experienced broadcast editor with over 20 years experience working in the industry, mainly on live shows. I thrive on up-to-the-wire edits, yet I can easily edit less pressured VTs, crafting the footage to the best it can be. The quote ‘’yes that’s fine’’ isn’t really my thing – it has to be really good or perfect. I am now thrilled to seek out new professional challenges in my career, taking my live TV experience into short form and long form editing.

How did your career path develop?

At the age of 18 I was training to be a concert pianist but my nerves got the better of me. So, when I had the lucky chance to attend the taping of a TV programme in London, I saw how much fun the crew were having and thought ‘’this is what I want to do”. After finishing my BA Hons in Radio, Film, Television and Music, I was offered to work at Sky TV, where I started my editing career. I was then headhunted to work for London Tonight, which was followed by ITV’s This Morning.

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

I’ve had the pleasure of editing many VTs that have made a difference in people’s lives whilst working on This Morning for 20 years, making people aware of issues they never knew about through compassionate stories that have resonated with audiences. Winning NTA awards made a big difference to me and the team, as it was voted by the public.

This Morning gave me the opportunity to work on various genres, some of which I loved with a passion. Making travel-log and cookery programmes, garden transformations, beauty, fashion and human interest stories fascinated me. Having the opportunity to edit longer forms of these will be so exciting in the next chapter of my career.

When it comes to my leisure time, racing yachts gives me most pleasure. On Sundays I am part of a team of 8, taking part in Cowes Week Regattas – both around the island races and off shore ones. Our boat has been Sussex Champion for over 5 years, which as you can imagine makes us very proud.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

Death of Diana, Princess of Wales – This Morning

My first shift at This Morning was the day after Princess Diana died. Throughout the whole week I made emotive VT packages that captured the audience and were highly praised  in the Daily Mail.

Charlie Walduck, Dr Chris saved my life – This Morning

This was a year-long strand following Charlie as he slowly lost 35 stones with mentor and life-saver Dr Chris Steele. I was particularly proud of this series as we told the story of a man who went from being house-bound to running the London Marathon.

Cookery/Gardening/Fashion Strands – This Morning

These I would always enjoy as not only we’d be showing a recipe/end result, but also tell a visual story about the cool locations where the strand was filmed such as Australia, Rio, the US. I’m proud of these because the producer would always invite me to co-produce, so I was able to put my stamp on the VTs as well, bringing out the humour in presenters and showing the audience the beautiful scenery where each was filmed.

Planet Me – Hedge TV

Recently I have embarked on a personal project aimed at schools about a teaching aid for PSHE education. This will allow teachers to have a platform to tackle various mental health topics to help children in schools understand that they are not alone with their feelings and to promote health and well-being.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Always be true to your word, be kind, be happy and respect people, otherwise your mother will tell you off.

‘’A true gentleman knows how to play the bagpipes but doesn’t.‘’ – Thomas Beecham

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