Training to boost TV production in BBC's regions

BBC Nations and Regions has chosen 12 senior producers from the corporation and the independent sector to take part in its executive producer training scheme commencing in July.

The year-long scheme, run in conjunction with the Research Centre for Television and Interactivity in Glasgow, is in its second year and will include entrants from the English regions for the first time – from Manchester and Birmingham.

BBC Nations and Regions will invest £185,000 in the scheme, in a bid to boost network television production outside London.

Broadcasters are often criticised for being too dependent on London for programme making.

The participating producers from England will be Anna Cox and Robin Ashbrook from BBC Manchester and BBC Birmingham’s Gurdip Bhangoo.

From Scotland, the successful candidates are Simon Parsons and Gary Chippington from BBC Scotland and Jacqui Hayden from Wark Clements.

Northern Ireland will be represented by Eamon Hardy of BBC Northern Ireland, Dermot Lavery from Double Band Films and Chris Jones from Green Inc Film and Television.

The Welsh producers on this year’s scheme are Rob Finighan from Aspect Television, Chris Stuart of Presentable and Elin Rhys at Teledu Telesgôp.

The training scheme will comprise monthly masterclasses, workshops and specialist training.

By Wale Azeez

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