17 May 2012
BBC One's premier political debate programme, Question Time, is to be produced by Mentorn Scotland, after winning a competitive tender for a contract for three years, it was announced today, (THURS).
Mentorn Media has produced Question Time since 1998 and the new contract will run for three years from September with David Dimbleby continuing to chair the programme from venues around the country. Production transferred to Mentorn Scotland last year.
Chief Executive, Mentorn Media, John Willis, said: "We're absolutely delighted to secure the contract for a further three years. It's well deserved recognition of the brilliant work of David Dimbleby and the Question Time team led by Editor Nicolai Gentchev and Executive Producer Steve Anderson."
BBC Scotland's Head of News, John Boothman, said the tender process had been competitive and rigorous, with all companies having sound proposals for the future of Question Time.
"We awarded the contract to Mentorn as they were able to demonstrate strong editorial leadership from Nicolai Gentchev and Steve Anderson and technical and editorial expertise to deliver this high-profile political debate programme," he said.
Executive Producer, Steve Anderson, said: "Mentorn has helped to make Question Time one of the most important programmes on British television. In the lifetime of the current contract, we produced the memorable editions on the MPs' expenses row, Hugh Grant appearing on the night of the closure of the News of the World plus, of course, the appearance of BNP leader Nick Griffin, watched by almost 10 million people.
"But politics has never been more fascinating and with a terrific new team in place, we are excited about how Question Time can enhance its reputation as the place where the public hold the decision makers to account."
Nicolai Gentchev continues as Editor with Hayley Valentine as Executive Editor for BBC Scotland.
The announcement signals a period of expansion for Mentorn Scotland which recently celebrated its tenth year and is also currently responsible for BBC One series 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.
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