BBC encourages new recruits to pitch telly ideas

A
revamped induction scheme is giving new staff at the BBC the opportunity to
develop the broadcaster’s next wave of television programmes.

New
employees, ranging from accountants to mailroom staff, are given the
opportunity to pitch a new programme at the end of the four-day induction
process.

The
BBC’s head of training, Nigel Paine, said the induction programme, Upfront,
gives staff the opportunity to try their hand at TV and radio, develop their
own web page, and then come up with an idea for a television programme.

He
said: "On the last day, they come up with programme ideas and pitch them
to the group.

"The
winning idea is taken forward to the relevant programme makers. A couple of
them have gone through, which is terrific, really exciting."

Paine
said the programme, which is run at the BBC training office in London and
inducts 100 people each week, demonstrates to new staff that they can make a
difference.

"People
coming into the business in their first week see they can actually have an
impact and they can shape the output [of the BBC]. It creates a creative
environment," he said.

Before
the scheme started last September, there was no standard induction programme at
the BBC.

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