I am an optimist even though I am told everything I do is negative and cynical.
Never underestimate the intelligence of the audience; make good programmes, and they will come.
When I'm making something, I've always felt in charge and therefore able to call the shots. But what you've got to do is stop that turning into arrogance or despotism!
The busier you are, the less time you have to make decisions.
I started quite young at school, compering a charity event at an old people's home. I would do stand up and impressions and enjoyed the laughter. It's very addictive. It's a lovely sensation to say something and hear a whole room laugh.