BBC THREE’S FREE SPEECH WELCOMES NICK CLEGG (1)

BBC Three’s successful and provocative series, Free Speech, will welcome leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, to answer questions from a live studio audience of young people it was announced today (WEDS).

Produced by Mentorn Media, the makers of Question Time, host Rick Edwards will oversee the debate where the studio audience and BBC Three viewers choose the topics put to Clegg on November 4th at 8pm.

In the 2010 election under-25s were more likely to than any other group to vote Liberal Democrat and in 2014 polling showed a fall in their support according to a survey conducted by The Times Data Team.

Held at York Hall in East London, Clegg will answer questions from the audience of 16-34 year olds. Ahead of the programme, viewers can submit the questions they would like Nick Clegg to address through the Choose Our Questions page on Facebook – which can be found at www.FreeSpeechQuestions.co.uk

Presenter Tina Daheley will be gathering the Twitter, Facebook and website messages throughout the live programme to gauge the opinions of Free Speech viewers using the Twitter hashtag #BBCFreeSpeech.

Series Producer, Brendan Miller, said: “We pride ourselves in creating a forum for honest and impactful debate. Our audience is a section of society who often get ignored by politicians so this is the ultimate place for Nick Clegg to hear directly from young people about what genuinely matters to them on what affects their lives. And for our audience it is a direct platform to put their points to Nick Clegg.”

Free Speech is a co-commission from BBC Three, BBC Learning and BBC News and Current Affairs.

The Series Producer is Brendan Miller. The Executive Producers are Hayley Valentine and Mark Roberts for Mentorn Media; Abigail Appleton for BBC Learning and Fiona Campbell for BBC News and Current Affairs.

Mentorn Media can be followed on twitter: @MentornMedia and Free Speech on @bbcfreespeech

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Question Time comes from Inverness tomorrow night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Inverness on Thursday, July 10th.

Scotland votes on independence in two months time, and this week’s panel features campaigners for both sides from a range of occupations. David Dimbleby chairs the programme which sees singer songwriter Ricky Ross; Daily Record columnist and agony aunt Joan Burnie; businessman and chairman of Orion Group Alan Savage, and the Scotland and British Lions rugby player Scott Hastings, face questions from the audience.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Croydon Tonight

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Croydon, South London on Thursday, July 3rd.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme which sees Liberal Democrat Business Minister Jo Swinson MP; Labour’s former Home Secretary Alan Johnson MP; Conservative chair of the Public Administration Select Committee Bernard Jenkin MP; Daily Mail Deputy Editor Tony Gallagher, and General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers Christine Blower, face questions from the audience.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Wolverhampton Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Wolverhampton on Thursday, June 26th.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme which sees Conservative Defence Minister Anna Soubry MP; Labour’s former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott; Deputy Leader of UKIP Paul Nuttall MEP; anti-extremism campaigner and Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz, and the former Executive Editor of the News of the World Neil Wallis, face questions from the audience.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

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US Version of Daybreak's Sirens to Get Second Series

USA NETWORK has commissioned a 13-episode second season of Daybreak Pictures’ comedy drama series, Sirens, it has been announced.

Sirens stars Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Kevin Bigley, Jessica McNamee and Josh Segarra and is set in Chicago centering around three of the city’s best Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

Denis Leary will continue to executive produce for Apostle with Jim Serpico and Bob Fisher, whilst the executive producers for Daybreak Pictures are David Aukin, Hal Vogel and David Leach.

USA Network prexy Chris McCumber said, “Sirens resonated with a broad fan base, and we are excited to grow this new audience further, as season two promises a lot more laughs and irreverent humor. We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Denis Leary and Bob Fisher, whose unique brand of witty, off-kilter and laugh-out-loud writing is brought to life by the immensely talented cast.”

Hal Vogel added, “We're thrilled that our first format picked up in the US is getting a second season, it's been fantastic working with USA Networks, Fox TV Studios and Apostle and we're looking forward to the partnership continuing.”

The UK version, which originally aired on Channel 4 in June 2011 as a six-part series, was created by Brian Fillis (The Curse of Steptoe, An Englishman in New York) and inspired by paramedic Tom Reynolds' book Blood, Sweat and Tea. It followed three young paramedics who explore sex, love, life and friendship from the jaded point of view of people who see too much of the worst (and some of the best) of humanity.

Daybreak Productions in part of the Tinopolis Group. Its productions include a number of BAFTA and RTS nominated dramas and comedies including THE PROMISE, THE TRIAL OF TONY BLAIR, A VERY SOCIAL SECRETARY and BRITZ. Most recently it produced Paula Milne’s THE POLITICIAN’S HUSBAND shown last year on BBC Two.

For more information please contact Sally Kent at Plank PR on 020 8995 3945 / sally@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Kings Lynn Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Kings Lynn on Thursday, June 12th.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme which sees Conservative Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith MP; Labour’s Shadow Welfare Reform Minister Chris Bryant MP; Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt MP; Editor of Private Eye Ian Hislop, and former leader of the Respect Party Salma Yaqoob who leads the “Hands Off Birmingham Schools” campaign group, face questions from the audience.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes From Heathrow Airport Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal at Heathrow Airport on Thursday 29th May.

David Dimbleby will chair the debate which will take place in the departures area of the newly rebuilt Terminal 2, which officially opens to passengers on 4th June.

Conservative Universities and Science Minister David Willetts MP; Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran MP; newly elected UKIP MEP Louise Bours; journalist and television presenter Piers Morgan, and the QPR footballer Joey Barton, face questions from the audience.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

Question Time is produced by Mentorn Scotland for BBC Scotland.


For further information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Radlett Tonight

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Radlett in Herfordshire on Thursday, May 22nd

David Dimbleby chairs the programme on the night of the European and local elections, which sees Conservative Justice Secretary Chris Grayling MP; Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt MP; Liberal Democrat former Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne MP; UKIP Deputy Chairman Neil Hamilton; television presenter Kirstie Allsopp, and the writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe, face questions from the audience.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

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Mentorn Media Promote Simpson to Director of Programmes

Mentorn Media has promoted Tayte Simpson to become Director of Programmes.

Tayte Simpson joined Mentorn Media a year ago as Director of Factual and takes up his new position with immediate effect.

In the last year, Simpson has been responsible for three-part series Freshers for ITV2, Crazy About One Direction for Channel 4 as well as being key in a number of current commissions across a range of broadcasters including Taxidermy, a one-off hour-long documentary for Channel 4 which was announced last week.

Creative Director, Mark Roberts, said: “Tayte has made a significant impact to our programming commissions. Currently working on commissions spanning six channels – from formats to access docs - he is the obvious choice to become Director of Programmes. He has great relationships with commissioning editors and talent alike as well as with our production teams and other executive producers. We’re thrilled he’s taking up this role.”

Simpson said: “Mentorn Media continues to be a force in television production, generating new creative programme ideas whilst maintaining established brands like Question Time, Motorway Cops, Free Speech and The Big Questions. I’ve greatly enjoyed my first year and I’m delighted to be taking on such an exciting role.”

Chief Executive, John Willis, said: “Tayte Simpson has been a fantastic addition to Mentorn Media. As the executive team go from strength-to-strength developing a wide range of commissions across all broadcasters, Mark and Tayte are a dynamic duo to help lead our slate of programming.”

Tayte Simpson joined Mentorn Media from his position as Head of Factual at RDF Television. Over the past ten years he has been responsible for seven series of the hugely successful Secret Millionaire; BBC Three’s Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents; Wife Swap, as well as numerous popular factual documentaries including I Hate My Body: Skinny Boys and Muscle Men for BBC Three, and Freaky Sleepers; Cutting Edge: Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder; Cutting Edge - Attack Of The Trip Advisors, and Party Paramedics – all for Channel 4.

For further information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

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Question Time to be Hosted from Heathrow Airport

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal at Heathrow Airport on Thursday 29th May.

David Dimbleby will chair the debate which will take place in the departures area of the newly rebuilt Terminal 2, which officially opens to passengers on 4th June. The panel of guests facing questions from the audience will be announced in due course.

Question Time Editor, Nicolai Gentchev, said: “The new Heathrow Terminal 2 will be a spectacular setting for Question Time. After recent programmes from historic locations such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Hall in Parliament, we are looking forward to going to a huge workplace through which millions of people will travel.

“Whether we are in Wormwood Scrubs prison, Winchester Cathedral, or in theatres, schools or community halls, we will continue to take Question Time and its audience to diverse places that reflect the range of debate on the programme.”

Question Time is produced by Mentorn Scotland for BBC Scotland.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

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