Creative Access host another great masterclass at the BBC
Creative Access hosted our penultimate masterclass of 2015 with a fantastic networking session at the BBC. Over 150 current interns, alumni and BBC industry figures attended the event. It was also an opportunity for the BBC to honour the achievements of the 20 interns who have just completed internships across the BBC.
The BBC’s Director General, Tony Hall and Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, Mark Linsey, both spoke to our interns about the importance of diversity in TV. Mark went through the measures the BBC have put in place over the last 18 months to ensure they are promoting diversity within the organisation. They both also discussed the importance of networking and utilising every opportunity you get. Tony Hall said “When you’re first starting out, you need to use every opportunity to network and take advantage of every contact you make.”
Tony Hall also spoke about how much has been achieved since he announced the BBC diversity initiative with Creative Access on the set of Eastenders in June 2014.
Three Creative Access, BBC alumni then told their internship stories and shared their tips for success. Sabbiyah Pervez spoke about her internship at BBC Look North and the permanent role that they created for her as Communities Reporter. Ashley John-Baptiste spoke about the fantastic experiences that he had interning for BBC News Online an his current role on the Victoria Derbyshire Show. Finally Arran Shargall told us about his 12 months on Holby City on his BBC Drama internship and how happy he is to be a permanent member of the team at Holby now. It was inspiring for all the current interns to hear about the exciting projects that they have been able to contribute to and what they’ve done since completing their internship.
We were also delighted that a host of BBC’s top talent execs were able to join us to network with our interns and provide valuable advice on how to pursue their ambitions.
A massive thanks to everyone at the BBC who made the evening so special.
Tony Hall, Director General, BBC
Mark Linsey, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, BBC
Elonka Soros, Creative Diversity Lead, Journalist & Community Media, BBC
Sabbiyah Pervez, BBC Look North (Creative Access alumni)
Ashley John-Baptiste, BBC News Online, (Creative Access alumni)
Arran Shargall, BBC Drama, (Creative Access alumni)