• BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted live from Eastleigh on Thursday, February 28th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the Hampshire town where a by-election is taking place to replace disgraced former Liberal Democrat MP Chris Huhne. On the panel, Minister for Crime Prevention, Jeremy Browne MP; Labour's Shadow Leader of the House, Angela Eagle; Claire Perry, Conservative MP for Devizes; Neil Hamilton, former Conservative MP and now a member of UKIP's national executive committee; and the film director Ken Loach.

    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

  • Mentorn Media has been commissioned by BBC Three to make a fast turnaround special on the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, allegedly shot to death by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius.

    Pistorius, who won two Gold medals and a Silver at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, is accused of murder, though pleads not guilty.

    The 1 x 60 is commissioned by Fiona Campbell of the BBC and the Executive Producer for Mentorn is Steve Anderson. The Producer/Director is Nick London and Associate Producer is Shekhar Bhatia. The presenter is Rick Edwards, who recently made his debut fronting BBC Three's Free Speech and who presented Paralympics coverage for Channel 4.

    Mentorn made BBC Three's recent fast turnaround special, Superstorm Sandy: Caught on Camera, and were also in South Africa to make Dispatches: Murder on Honeymoon, on the case of Anni Dewani.

    Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, said: "BBC Three is never afraid to tackle current affairs and we are committed to showing bold, thought-provoking programmes for 16-34s. Mentorn will be producing this programme at incredible speed, and together with presenter Rick Edwards, I'm sure they will deliver a documentary that will bring a new angle to this ever developing news story."

    Steve Anderson said: "The story of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp has captured everyone's attention. It is hugely important and Mentorn has the expertise to deliver it quickly to BBC Three."

    The programme will be pre-sold by Passion Distribution.

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

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from St Paul's Cathedral for the first time in the programme's history, tonight Thursday, 21st February at 10.35pm.

    St Paul's was one of the country's 'original' places for debate, with assemblies from Paul's Cross (in the present Cathedral gardens) dating back to the 13th Century. David Dimbleby will chair the debate which will take place directly under the Cathedral's iconic dome.

    The panel of guests facing questions from the live audience will be Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham and Business Secretary, Vince Cable; Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington; Conservative politician and former Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Heseltine; Rev Giles Fraser who resigned from his position at St Paul's in 2011; and Mail on Sunday columnist, Peter Hitchens.

    Question Time is produced for BBC One by Mentorn Media and BBC Scotland.

    To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime or call 0330 123 99 88.

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

  • Mentorn Media has poached Tayte Simpson from RDF Television to become their Director of Factual while Mentorn's Hannah Wyatt is to become Director of Programmes.

    Tayte Simpson joins 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.

    Simpson said: "I am delighted to be joining the very talented team at Mentorn. It is an exciting time to come on board, as they look to build on their success and expand their output of programmes."

    Mentorn Media's Hannah Wyatt is to be promoted to Director of Programmes. In addition Emma Morgan and Naomi Carter will take on the roles of Director of Development and Director of Production respectively. Steve Anderson remains Editorial Director, across Tinopolis Group.

    Wyatt has been responsible for iconic popular factual programmes and series including overseeing the first pioneering series of Junior Doctors; The Hairy Bikers Mississippi Adventure; Tulisa: My Mum and Me; Dying for Clear Skin which was presented by Gemma Cairney, Young & Married for MTV International and the forthcoming Cutting Edge documentary The Fried Chicken Shop - Life in a Day for Channel 4.

    Emma Morgan joined Mentorn as Executive Producer and Head of Development in 2010 and has since been instrumental in securing numerous commissions. Meanwhile Naomi Carter who has been with the company since 2009 has worked with production executives across series in both the UK and US.

    Creative Director, Mark Roberts, said: "This is another exciting phase in Mentorn's long history. I'm very proud that last week Rick Edwards debuted as presenter of BBC Three's Free Speech while tomorrow night we have a fast-turnaround, small-rig documentary transmitting for Channel 4's Cutting Edge - the first of its kind; and this Thursday David Dimbleby chairs Question Time from St Paul's Cathedral - another first.

    "All this alongside our continued filming with our unique access series; Traffic and Motorway Cops for the BBC and Gregg's Bakery for Sky One. We are a company with an amazing heritage and we are also building a reputation for innovation.

    "We are lucky enough to be working with the smartest commissioners who want to take risks and produce ideas that will help to define their channels. These changes will help Mentorn continue to offer creative programming ideas, attract even better talent and produce even greater shows."

    Chief Executive, John Willis, said: "Tayte Simpson will be a fantastic addition to Mentorn Media. In Hannah we have one of Britain's most accomplished and innovative execs who knows how to delight commissioners and audiences alike. Alongside our reputation for heavyweight factual programming, we are building a team that is second to none."

    Wyatt added: "The programming output that Mentorn produces is, across the board, creative, entertaining, and ambitious. I'm really looking forward to continuing working with John, Mark and the rest of the team to produce more of the high quality programmes that Mentorn has built its reputation on."

    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 Leicester on Thursday, February 14th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the East Midland city which sees the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport & Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller; Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mary Creagh; Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Susan Kramer; Respect MP for Bradford West, George Galloway; and editor of the Spectator, Fraser Nelson, 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

  • BBC Three's monthly live current affairs debate programme, Free Speech, returns tonight, Wednesday 13th February at 8pm, live from Swansea.

    Rick Edwards, who presented the Channel 4 Paralympics coverage last summer, takes over as chair of the interactive show which this month will tackle the issue of long-term unemployment.

    The Office of National Statistics said in November 2012 that the number of those out of work for over a year had hit 894,000, while 443,000 people had been jobless for over two years.

    The panel facing questions from the studio audience is Conservative MP David Morris; entrepreneur Shazia Awan; Generation Vexed author Kieran Yates, and leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood.

    Also under discussion will be online safety and the recent reports of slut-shaming. A film based on the issues raised throughout the programme will be included in the show, made by young people alongside BBC Learning's The Lab.

    The panel will take questions from the studio audience of 18-25 year-olds whilst viewers at home will be able to interact via social media and show what they think of the panel via the Free Speech Power Bar.

    Radio 1's Breakfast news and sports presenter, Tina Daheley,  will be taking the role of Social Media Jockey, speaking up for the web responses and online comments.

    Follow the debate and get involved via bbc.co.uk/freespeech; facebook.com/bbcfreespeech; @bbcfreespeech; #freespeech

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Stirling on Thursday, February 7th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the historic Scottish city which sees the Scottish Secretary and Liberal Democrat MP Michael Moore; MSP and Minister for External Affairs in the Scottish Government, Humza Yousaf; Lord Falconer, former Justice Secretary; Mary Macleod MP, Conservative Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth, and Sir Brian Souter, Chief Executive of Stagecoach 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

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from St Paul's Cathedral for the first time in the programme's history, it has been announced.

    St Paul's was one of the country's 'original' places for debate, with assemblies from Paul's Cross (in the present Cathedral gardens) dating back to the 13th Century. David Dimbleby will chair the debate which will take place directly under the Cathedral's iconic dome on Thursday, 21st February. Amongst the panel of guests facing questions from the live audience will be Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham and Business Secretary, Vince Cable; Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, and  Conservative politician and former Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Heseltine.

    The Very Reverend David Ison, Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, said: "Question Time is not only an immediately recognisable contemporary institution. It represents what's at the heart of this country: a commitment to free debate and to the questioning of policies and opinions, whether of those with power and influence or of those who challenge them.

    "St Paul's Cathedral has for centuries been a place of debate, committed to the quest for truth with courtesy. So we're delighted to be hosting the programme here, and we're hoping it will look at the burning issues of the day with some of the perspective of the wisdom of the ages."

    Question Time Editor, Nicolai Gentchev, said: "We're delighted to be producing the programme from St Paul's, and I am sure the quality and passion of the debate will match the sublime setting. The site of the Cathedral is one of London's oldest places of debate, and we hope it will inspire our audience and panel.

    "We have now taken Question Time to Westminster Hall, Easterhouse in Glasgow, Winchester Cathedral and Wormwood Scrubs, and will announce other new locations over the coming year."

    Question Time is produced for BBC One by Mentorn Media and 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