We are really fortunate to have Sally Bowman with us this month. Sally recently joined the Royal Television Society as the East Midlands representative, and is coming to talk to you about the activity in our region including the RTS awards, bursary schemes and other things such as commissioning and producing.
Sally is the weeklies editor for BBC East Midlands in charge of the multi-skilled team which produces Inside Out East Midlands and half hour specials for BBC One, Two and Four. Her team broke the Sports Direct story which changed working conditions inside the Shirebrook warehouse, and they recently spent almost a year investigating working conditions for pharmacists inside Boots pharmacies for a special that went out across the UK.
Weeklies teams in England produce more than 450 longer-form (8-10 minute) films every year and more than 20 half hour programmes ranging from features to investigations. Sally is the editorial liaison for the technical and engineering team currently engaged in rolling out FCPX to all weeklies teams, including training for around 80 staff with an eye to improving digital output from linear tv journalists. She’s the commissioning editor for any independent productions in the region including the weekly Sunday Politics opt which is produced by Robin HoodMedia, based here at Antenna and programmes such as Civilisations Stories: TheArt of Mining which wentout in April.
In the past she’s been the editor of East Midlands Today, worked as a multi-skilled education correspondent shooting and filming her own reports, reported and presented for ITV (news and This Morning) and worked for four years in Hong Kong television. She still produces, and partly shoots, her own films, including, most recently, two series of The Real Peak Practice.