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BBC Looking for Female STEM Experts

Brian Baglow


BBC Expert Women: Female radio presenter

BBC Academy offering free media familiarisation for women with particular expertise, who are interested in appearing as contributors or presenters on television, radio and online.

BBC Scotland is looking for more women willing to appear on TV, on radio and online, who can talk knowledgeably about Science Technology Engineering and Maths, aka STEM subjects.

In conjunction with the BBC Academy and STV, BBC Scotland is offering a free media familiarisation day to help people unsure about appearing in the media, to help give them the confidence and skills to participate in BBC programming.

Participants are invited to submit an application including a CV, a short two minute video and answering questions about their area of expertise.

Applicants must be available to attend the familiarisation day, which takes place on March 13th 2018 at the BBC Scotland HQ in Glasgow.

According to the BBC website: “It’s been acknowledged by broadcasters across the industry that there aren’t enough expert female contributors appearing on air.

BBC Expert Women is our attempt to redress the balance via a series of free training days that provide experiences, insight and networking opportunities that help demystify the media and boost skills.

“The day offers both practical experiences in front of a camera, and in the radio studio, as well as masterclasses with industry professionals including experienced programme-makers.”

In addition to STEM subjects, the BBC are also looking for women with expertise in any other areas, but they’re specifically interested in:

  • all aspects of Brexit, especially farming, fishing and business
  • business and the economy in Scotland
  • politics
  • health
  • education
  • law, especially Scottish constitutional law

A panel of experts from the BBC Academy and BBC Scotland will view all the material submitted and select up to 24 delegates, plus up to five for a waiting list, based on the following criteria:

  • passion for your chosen subject
  • communication skills
  • your unique selling point as an expert in your field
  • your potential as on-air talent
  • relevance and audience awareness

The BBC welcomes applications from under-represented groups, as it is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. So applications are encouraged from individuals across all backgrounds.

Full details of the application requirements, the video specifications and details of the familiarisation day can be found on the BBC website and applications sent to:

Good luck!

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