Kenny McGuinness

Kenneth McGuinness

General Manager, Lion Television Scotland

B.A. (Hons) Media Theory and Production
University of Paisley

Tell us about your time at the University

Luckily enough to have an inspirational lecturer, Lynda Renfrew from James Watt College. She mentioned the new B.A course and recommended I apply.  She had been working closely with the original course leader at the University of Paisley and thought my interests and passion might be suited to the new course.

I specialised in Broadcasting and Radio Production while studying as I had always had a passion for both those areas.  I was fortunate during my University career to enjoy placements at the BBC, working on a Radio 4 debate series, Scottish Television, on a popular game show and at Wark Clements during production of the topical debate series, Words with Wark.

As always, favourite memories are being surrounded by a like-minded group of people who were passionate about the subject area.  I made lifelong friends at University and look back on my time with enormous affection.

Tell us about your experiences since leaving the University

I left in 2000 and started working with Scottish Youth Theatre as Projects Administrator in September of that year.  I was very fortunate.  This was a great grounding working with creative people in a challenging environment.

After a couple of years I moved on to another Arts company, Project Ability and the Centre for Developmental Arts in the same capacity as an Arts Administrator.  This was a challenging environment as the participants had mental health issues or had some form of disability.

A few years later I moved into television and joined Lion Television Scotland.  I’ve been there for fourteen years and am now General Manager of the company.

If you could offer one piece of advice or top tip to current students what would it be?

It’s best to keep thinking ahead.  Make sure you go out and find work placements and make contacts.  I highly recommend work placements during the summer term.  Have a passion for your subject and make sure that you extend that into your social world.  Join groups that share your passion.  Have a focus.

What is that drives you on in your professional life?

The constant challenge of working with new production teams and engaging with likeminded people who have a passion for the television industry.  Working with young people who are keen and determined to succeed is an aspect of professional life which does help drive my career forward.