Want to make it in television? Prince Charles announces new bursary scheme
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The Prince of Wales has announced 20 bursaries for students studying television production and related digital media, at an event held yesterday at Covent Garden’s Hospital Club. The Royal Television Society (RTS) Television Craft Skills Masterclass also saw television and media students from across the country mingling with experts from within the industry, and participating in two ‘masterclasses’ – one in sound, and one in camerawork. The event saw the Prince of Wales, who is patron of the RTS, addressing students, lecturers, journalists and industry experts on the issue of a ‘skills shortfall’ within the industry. According to industry body Creative Skillset, 2,160 recent university leavers have entered TV industry – but only 345 (16%) are in technical roles. Addressing the audience, the Prince of Wales pointed out that the UK is second only to the USA in the number of television programmes it exports, which include Dr Who, Downton Abbey and The Duchess of Cornwall’s favourite, Strictly Come Dancing – but there are currently too few designers, editors, camera operators, costume supervisors and technicians to keep the industry thriving long-term. It is with this in mind that the RTS has developed its new bursary scheme, to address issue of not enough people having adequate skills to work successfully in British TV and film - which the Prince of Wales pointed out as being eye-wateringly lucrative, generating £17.5 billion last year alone. The bursaries, worth £60,000, will be given to university students from less than affluent areas, in order to widen participation in the hugely competitive television industry and allow them to gain the vital work experience that is required.
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