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BBC Launches Expert Women YouTube Channel

The BBC has launched of a new resource for programme makers looking for female specialist contributors: the BBC Expert Women database and YouTube channel.

The database contains details of the 60 women who have so far received training via BBC Academy Expert Women Days, a series of free events designed to address the lack of on-air female representation in certain subject areas. It also includes details of a further 120 women who showed promise in their applications.

The BBC Expert Women YouTube channel features videos of successful Expert Women trainees presenting to camera on one of their specialist subjects. Originally filmed as audition tapes for one of the events, the short clips have now been compiled into an easily accessible database of female experts that is sorted into their broad subject areas.

The team are currently looking for women experts in the following subject areas: sport; politics, economics and business; Islam; science; gadgets and consumer tech; crime and security. Further information and application details are on the BBC Academy website.

Many of the original 30 women trained by the BBC Academy in January have since appeared as contributors on or been commissioned by radio and TV programmes.

They include:

  • Natalie Starkey, space scientist and cosmochemist, who appeared on a BBC Breakfast piece about the asteroid fly-by that was filmed in her lab. This also went out on Newsround, BBC World Service and Radio 4. She has subsequently appeared on the BBC News Channel, Horizon and Sky News, and has been interviewed by The Guardian and the Huffington Post
  • Charlotte Connelly, a curator at the Science Museum appeared on Radio 4’s Last Word discussing the impact of Tingye Li’s work on lasers. She also appeared BBC Two’s The Genius Of Invention as an in-studio expert guest discussing the development of the electric telegraph, and on BBC Radio Humberside as a contributor to the live Saturday morning show
  • Elizabeth Pearson, astrophysicist, appeared on the BBC News Channel discussing the meteor incident in Russia, and also featured on Radio 5 live and BBC Two. Following this she was asked to appear in the Channel 4 documentary Meteor Strike: Fireball From Space
  • Alcohol and addiction expert Sally Marlow was commissioned by the Today programme to produce a report on alcohol addiction, which was then subsequently rebroadcast on the BBC World Service
  • Gemma Allen, historian, has featured on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Deborah Hallett, business expert, has appeared on Today and CNN; Tina Miller, a sociologist, has appeared on Woman’s Hour; Alison Baily, a political analyst, appeared on BBC Radio Oxford and Katherine Woolf, a lecturer in medical Education, appeared on BBC World News show GMT


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