Fourteen year old Max Taylor dreams of running his own TV news station. With the help of cameraman Ollie 'Sniffer' Morris (who can smell a great news story from five miles away), designer Becky Roberts (aka the 'IT' girl because of her impressive computer skills), presenter Rachael Cooper (a cool and talented American actress in year 10) and Akbar Khan (the techno-wizard of the school drama club) he manages to create one in his dad's garden shed.
Nick Handel is a former BBC TV producer whose many credits include In at the Deep End, Jobs for the Girls and Children in Need. He began his career in radio, writing and presenting scores of children's short stories. After moving to TV, he became film director on That's Life!, making stars of Tramp, a car-driving Old English Sheepdog and Prince, the talking Yorkshire Terrier who made 'sausages' a national catchphrase. Now freelance, Nick spends much of his time training producers and directors both at the BBC and for many independent production companies. Newskids on the Net is his first novel.