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Craft and resolve: Ash Atalla, Clare Richards, Inzamam Rashid and Steve Hughes deliver RTS Student Masterclasses 2023

Inzamam Rashid talks to Helen Scott on stage at the RTS Student Masterclasses 2023

The RTS Student Master­classes drew a crowd of more than 300 this month to hear four of the industry’s top talents talk about their careers and offer first-hand advice on how to make a start in television.

Journalism

Inzamam Rashid, a Sky News correspondent based in the north of England, told the packed Journalism masterclass: “I always wanted to do the news, [as] a reporter, a newsreader or [working] behind the scenes.”

Nominations for the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2023 announced

The awards celebrate excellence in broadcast television, highlighting the extensive range of skills and processes that are involved in programme making, welcoming entries from both broadcasters and individual crafts people. The prestigious awards ceremony will be held on Monday 4th December at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Rhod Gilbert fronts personal documentary for Stand Up To Cancer

Stand up to Cancer logo, which has the words spelt out in capital letter and bold text, in the colours red, black, and orange. To the left, three arrows in matching colours point upwards.

Presenter Davina McCall and comedians Rhod Gilbert, Adam Hills, Joe Lycett and Munya Chawawa will be taking the lead on the live 90-minute fundraising extravaganza.

Among the special guests are Strictly legend Oti Mabuse, The Good Wife star Cush Jumbo, and Ghosts’ Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Charlotte Ritchie.

Factual commissioners share what they're looking for

It’s quite a shopping list, but it’s a flavour of what broadcasters are looking for in factual programming, a panel of commissioners told an audience at an RTS East event in Cambridge last month. 

Louisa Compton’s investigations unit at Channel 4 needed no more introduction than a brief clip of her recent Dispatches film on Russell Brand, but she stressed that, as well as seeking high-level, impactful investigations, she is looking for subjects to get people talking, such as Rebekah Vardy: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Me

Channel 4 drama commissioning editor on the broadcaster’s remit

Gwawr Lloyd sits with her hands clasped together

Lloyd gave an in-depth look into the commissioning process, from the significance of producers – “one of the most important relationships a writer will have is with a producer” – to the time a show spends in development: “On average, [it’s] three to four years before it hits the screen.”

Channel 4’s remit was key, said Lloyd: “[Our shows] need to deliver on so many fronts… inclusivity, regionality, [they should] be revelatory, funny, have something to say… We do need to tick all those boxes, because that’s what makes us different from every other channel.”

Alex Mahon warns of TV's generational time bomb

Introducing the first session of the Convention, Cambridge Chair and Channel 4 CEO, Alex Mahon, posed a stark question: “Is there simply too much content?”

And then a follow-up – “And with content as king, hasn’t distribution now become King Kong?” – before offering some typically honest answers.

“We’ve been in a frantic race for eyeballs, advertising dollars and subscription cash, and that race, like some kind of gigantic global grand prix, has been driven by hubristic spending on video creation.

Channel 4 releases first look images of Nicola Coughlan and Lydia West in new comedy Big Mood

Eddie and Maggie, the characters in Big Mood, stand side-by-side in fancy dress

The six-part series centres around best friends Eddie (West) and Maggie (Coughlan). Their relationship has endured a decade of highs and lows, but now, the real world is calling. Both need to consider their careers, while Maggie has to contend with the unwelcome return of bipolar disorder.

Eddie and Maggie sit on a sofa, hand-in-hand and looking distraught
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