• On BBC One's Question Time, Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne MP attacked the £963,000 bonus to RBS boss Stephen Hester.

    "I think there's a question of honour even if there is a contractual opportunity for him to have it, it doesn't mean he has to accept it. He's already being paid more than £1million a year. He gets paid in three days what a soldier serving in Afghanistan gets in a whole year and he should reflect on that." 

    Asked by David Dimbleby if he thought Hester should forego his bonus, Mr Browne replied: "He could struggle on with a £1.2million in salary. He is working for a company that is five-sixths owned by us. He has a moral obligation which he has failed to discharge."

    Labour MP David Lammy attacked the Prime Minister for "doing nothing" about Hester's bonus. Speaking on Question Time, Mr Lammy said: of Mr Hester: "This is a man that already has a salary of £1.2m and then gets a nice top up that takes it over £2m and we own the bank. Shareholders made this decision and the government is the biggest shareholder around the table.

    "David Cameron has talked a good talk but he has done absolutely nothing...Why do you need £900,000 on top of your salary? It's embarrassing, it's a disgrace and David Cameron should do something about it."

    BBC One's Question Time broadcasts at 10.35pm and is available after transmission on BBC iPlayer.

    For further information please contact Louise Plank or Steve Anderson on sanderson@mentorn.tv or lou@plankpr.com 

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Plymouth tonight, Thursday, 26th January.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the Devon city which sees Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton and Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne; Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy; Conservative MP for South West Norfolk Liz Truss; comedian Mark Steel and Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips, face questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in future audiences you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk /questiontime or call the audience line on 01299 829 299.

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

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Southport on February 2nd.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme which will transmit at 10.35pm and available after transmission on BBC iPlayer.

    Question Time offers a unique opportunity for British voters to question the panel on topical events of the week. The panel is drawn from significant political figures, heads of industry, media and entertainment.

    Editor, Nicolai Gentchev, said: "Question Time prides itself on visiting new areas to hear from as wide an audience as possible. We're looking forward to hearing what questions the people of Southport will pose to our panel."

    To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime or call the audience line on 01299 829 299

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

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Shrewsbury on Thursday evening, 19th January.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Shropshire's historic market town which sees co-chairman of the Conservative Party Baroness, Sayeeda Warsi; Stephen Twigg MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary; Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas; Germaine Greer, feminist writer and academic, and columnist and former editor at the Telegraph and the Spectator, Charles Moore, face questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in future audiences you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk /questiontime or call the audience line on 01299 829 299.

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

  • Question Time returns to BBC One tonight at 10.35pm with an edition from Tower Hamlets in East London.

    David Dimbleby chairs the discussion where Transport Secretary, Justine Greening; former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown; Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander; Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon; and Daily Mail columnist and former Editor of the Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie, face questions from the audience.

    Question Time is on BBC One at 10.35pm and available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

     

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

     

     

     

  • Mentorn Media has announced Chris Kelly as Head of Mentorn Scotland and Robin Gray as Head of Development.

    Chris Kelly, currently Mentorn Executive Producer and former Head of Lion Scotland for four years, has been promoted while Robin Gray joins from Objective Scotland.

    The announcement signals a period of expansion for the Mentorn Scotland base which celebrates its tenth year and is currently responsible for BBC One series, Question Time, The Big Questions and Cowboy Trap. Production of BBC One series Motorway Cops and Traffic Cops, both made by Mentorn Media sister company, Folio, is also made from Mentorn Scotland.

    Mentorn Media Chief Executive, John Willis, said: "I'm delighted that we have attracted two such talented people to senior jobs in Scotland. They both have extensive knowledge of the Scottish industry and their appointment heralds our intention to rapidly grow our expanding Scottish base. After ten successful years in Glasgow, Mentorn is now building for the next ten."

    Chris Kelly joined Mentorn Media in 2010 to work across a popular factual slate of UK and US projects and is a former Head of Lion Scotland where he produced the Emmy award winning series, Days That Shook The World, and the pioneering BBC reality series, Castaway 2000. He has been an Executive Producer at Lion Television, Ricochet and Twofour with production credits including Extreme Dreams, Unbreakable, Dealing With Dickinson and The Estate We're In.

    Kelly will lead the team at Mentorn Scotland and continue to develop ideas for domestic and international markets while working with the company's other key creatives.    

    Chris Kelly said: "These are exciting times for Mentorn Scotland and I'm looking forward to working with our talented teams in Glasgow and building on their success."

    Robin Gray has been based in Scotland for his working career. He moves from his position as Development Producer at Objective Scotland where he worked on creative projects across entertainment and factual formats including being producer for the US hit for E4, Tool Academy. As Factual and Entertainment Producer at STV Productions, Robin developed and pitched the hugely successful Antiques Road Trip for BBC Two which is now in its third series.

    He has also worked on Scotland's Greatest Team with Lorraine Kelly and John Gordon Sinclair, The Culture Show for BBC Two and produced Frankie Boyle's End of the World Show for BBC Scotland in 2007. Robin was associate producer for Mentorn Scotland's BBC One Scotland series, The Last Word with Nicky Campbell, in 2005.

    Robin Gray added: "I think 2012 is a time of real growth for Mentorn. Having spent part of my early career at Mentorn, I'm really looking forward to expanding the Scottish base."

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

     

     

  • Popular programme, Motorway Cops, returns to BBC One tonight with a one-off episode, Burden of Proof at 10.35pm.

    The Motorway Cops don't just have to find and arrest those they suspect of breaking the law; they also have to gather enough evidence to prove it, but all too often the evidence they hope to rely on just isn't there, and it's one man's word against another's.

    PCs Alan Colman and Dal Nijjar lose sight of a car they're pursuing, but by the time they find it again its been abandoned. When they track down the owner, he denies having been at the wheel and they are left to try to piece together the remaining evidence to arrest him.

    Proof of driving isn't required for Motorway Cops Tracey Cope and Paul Finlayson when they pull over a man for not wearing his seat belt. But he resents being stopped by the cops and a heated exchange ensues.

    And in Birmingham, PC Alan Colman's suspicions are raised when he sees a car in a filling station without a rear number plate. They decide to check out the driver. Although he has a simple explanation for the missing number plate, they're not convinced by his story and return to the garage to do some extra checking.

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

  • MENTORN PRODUCE PANORAMA EXCLUSIVE FOLLOWING LAWRENCE VERDICT

    Panorama - Stephen Lawrence: Time for Justice,  BBC One 8pm tonight


    As Gary Dobson and David Norris are finally convicted of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, Panorama tells the private story of the tenacity of his mother Doreen Lawrence and her 18 year wait for justice.

    For the past 12 months Panorama reporter Mark Daly has been granted exclusive access to Doreen Lawrence and her family. In 2006, Daly made a documentary for the BBC revealing fresh evidence about the suspects alibis, which helped put the case back on the political agenda. The case had been dormant, but a fresh forensic review was launched, resulting in the dramatic discovery of new scientific evidence.

    Daly follows Doreen from legal meetings to the crucial double jeopardy hearing at the High Court in April this year which sanctioned the murder re-trial and throughout the recent trial itself.

    In the programme, Daly travels with Doreen as she works to keep her son's memory alive through her work as a director of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, through memorial services and her visits to his graveside in Jamaica.

    In Jamaica Doreen explains: "The fact that somebody's been held to account and they've gone to prison for him, that will be the closure I'm looking for."

    But it won't give her complete closure: "There will never be a closure, I think where I'm concerned. (The fact) that he's no longer here, that will always be there for me."

    "Been divorced now for the past what 11 years. I think things were probably going wrong before Stephen's death. I think would I still be married? I dunno, probably not. I've got nobody in my life since then. You know you can be out with loads of people but you're still on your own. Which is what I find many a time. But it's still just me on my own."

    Doreen wanted Stephen's resting place to be in Jamaica, believing that Britain would never have been a respectful of him: "I'm really pleased I've buried him here because if he was buried in the UK his grave would have been desecrated so many times. Nobody knows where he is and it's a peaceful place for him and the country didn't deserve to have him because they took his life so I think they didn't deserve him."

    "I still think it's the best thing we did that we brought him here next to his great grandmother so she can look after him. I try and talk to him in my head, talk to him about how we are, how we are doing. I like to have that time I can talk to him."

    She remembers him growing up: "Stephen was the first born. I remember when I was pregnant I wanted to have a son so I was more than over the moon when Stephen was born.

    "As a baby he had a temperament. That hasn't change whilst he was growing up, you know, he was a determined, he knew exactly what he wanted. He was very creative, he loved drawing. He took part in all the sports that happened in school. He took part in the mini-marathon back in 1988. He came 100 and something but the mere fact he finished the course was quite good!"

    "It's hard to believe that he would have 37. I think about him practically all the time. Would he have a family? Where would he be in his career? I still have him as being a young man."

    Doreen also shares how Stephen's murder made her question her faith: "In the early days I did question why wasn't god there to protect Stephen and I had real difficulty in that in the early days. People say to me well how strong you are. I don't think I'm strong. I don't think I'm strong at all, you know I just think there is something there carrying me and helping me through so I'm not doing it on my own. If there is one thing I must say, I don't forgive the boys that killed Stephen. They took away Stephen's life and there is the pain it has caused us as a family."

    Doreen recalls the night Stephen died on April 22nd, 1993: "We all talk about the knock on the door, and that's one knock on the door that happened. We drove to the hospital. I remember as I walked in I saw a young man in front of me. Neville's coming in so he recognised Duwayne straight away. And so I rushed up to him asking him what had happened but he wasn't able to answer me and straight away I think it was a nurse ushered us into a room and asked us to wait there and then we were told that Stephen had died and it's just like watching a drama, it's like 'died' no he's not you know he can't be."

    Just days after the funeral the family were told that the murder charges were being dropped and for the Lawrences, this signalled the beginning of their long battle against the police and the judiciary.

    Despite 26 tip offs within 48 hours after the attack naming most of the boys, no arrests were made not even when a police surveillance team watched Jamie Acourt leave his house carrying a bin liner potentially full of evidence, get into a car and drive away.

    Doreen says: "The police weren't interested in Stephen. They weren't interested in catching his killers at all...They found a glove on Stephen as if to say that he was into crime. They assumed that Stephen must know his killers, that we must be into crime and so was Stephen and one of the things they said was 'We have never met a black family like us before'. They are assuming that all black families are criminals."

    Determined to bring her son's killers to justice, Doreen began a long and complex process full of hurdles and it was the Lawrence family's relentless search for answers which eventually forced a full public inquiry in 1998.

    The Macpherson Inquiry would become the watershed moment in British race relations history. It exposed the Met and in particular its first investigation into Stephen's murder, as institutionally racist. Amongst the 70 recommendations made by the inquiry, Macpherson called for a complete overhaul of police training, and crucially, a reversal of the double jeopardy law - which eventually led to the current prosecution.

    Deputy Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "This case is an extraordinary case which has had more impact on policing than any other single case I can think of in modern times and possibly in the history of the met. The way we approach homicide investigations, the way we approach working with families and with communities has completely changed. The face of the Met has changed."

    Doreen said: "Things have changed yes because I have stood up and said no I am not accepting what justice, the police, whoever had to say, that I didn't accept what they were saying at that time...

    "I was just asking for what was right that is all that I was asking for. And so legacy OK Stephen is then going to go down in history for all sorts of things and I just think OK that's positive, but I would rather have my son here than have his name attached to a legacy."

    The programme was made by Mentorn Media. It was produced and directed by Ken Kirby and Neil Grant was the Executive Producer.

    For more information, clips or interviews with Mark Daly please contact Louise Plank at Plank PR on behalf of Mentorn Media on 020 8995 3936 or 07801 321 965 lou@plankpr.com or Paul Rasmussen at the BBC on paul.rasmussen@bbc.co.uk

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