PODCAST: Why she left the BBC to move to Sweden
A few years ago Maddy Savage packed her bags. She had been offered a job in Seoul, South Korea by the BBC. But that wasn’t where she was going. She was going to Stockholm.
Savage had quit the broadcaster with the three letters known all around the world. Instead, she had accepted a job as the editor of the news site The Local, which covers Swedish news in English.
In the latest episode of Smashdig’s podcast, Savage talks about why she moved to Sweden.
‘‘It’s a question I get asked all the time. Why would somebody leave London and leave a big company to come to Sweden and to come to Stockholm. I think there’s a lot of Swedish modesty and humbleness attached to that. If someone said they were leaving their home city to move to London or New York or Paris or Sydney, people would be like ‘go you,’’’ says Savage. ‘‘I hadn’t quite got the whole living abroad thing out of my system. As I entered my 30s, I thought ‘if I’m going to move abroad I would love to move somewhere that I’m really passionate about.’ And Sweden was on that list because of the fantastic nature, the startup scene, the culture, the design and the fashion.’’
And now, the journalist is taking her next career step. Savage is leaving The Local and going freelance.
Two weeks ago, she announced one of her freelance projects will be the podcast The Stockholmer. In the show, Savage will meet interesting people living and working in Stockholm.
The episodes will be 10 minutes in length and take place at the interviewee’s home or place of work to transport the listeners right into the scene, Savage says.
Savage has also lined up a number of other freelance assignments for various publications and broadcasters.
You are going freelance. Isn’t that scary?
‘‘Of course it’s scary. But it’s something I’ve thought about for a really long time. It also felt like one of these now or never moments,’’ says Savage.The LocalPodcastBBCMaddy SavageThe Stockholmer