Former Orchard FM founder and ITV Presenter joins Bristol's Mentor Consultancy as Head of Media Training

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Posted 10 September 2014, 9.24am edt

Dave Mason, one of the founders of Somerset's first commercial radio station, has left broadcasting after a colourful and varied 25 year career.

The former ITV presenter and reporter has joined Mentor Consultancy in Bristol as their Head of Media Training.

Until recently, Dave was a freelance producer and reporter for ITV News in Bristol, ITN in London, and also travelled the world coaching the armed forces and NATO in how to handle the media.

Dave was a founding presenter and shareholder of Somerset’s Orchard FM in 1989 aged just 20, making him the youngest person in UK radio to be part of a radio licence winning consortium. He went on to work extensively in commercial radio around the UK. He later joined BBC News where he was a Correspondent at BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 1 Newsbeat.

He has interviewed major A-list celebrities like Johnny Depp, musicians as diverse as Fleetwood Mac and Oasis, and met Prime Ministers. Dave was even kidnapped in Beirut after being attacked by Hezbollah, during the 2006 war.

Dave has been a TV presenter, reporter and producer at HTV, GMTV, ITV News Westcountry, ITV Wales, and ITN in London. He was one of GMTV’s senior producers for a decade, covering major international, domestic, political and entertainment stories. His roles have included senior news producing and planning, undercover investigations, war reporting and features production.

Dave now concentrates on coaching executives, public servants and business people, to help them perform better in the media. Training events concentrate on fast learning development through classroom and practical exercises, using the latest equipment and broadcast techniques.

Dave says: "We offer bespoke training, where the client feels inspired and fully supported. It’s about empowering individuals to feel completely confident in the media spotlight, whether print, radio, TV or in their handling of social media."