BBC to hold events for female radio hosts

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The BBC will hold events to encourage women who want to present on local radio.

Organised by English Regions and BBC Academy, they will be held in Birmingham on 6 December, and in Salford and London (dates to be announced).

There will be 30 places available at each event, where participants will attend workshops and meet local radio presenters, plus BBC executives.

The sessions are open to women aged over 18 who are either not employed by a UK radio station or are working at the BBC but not in a presenting capacity.

The corporation said the events aim to increase the future recruitment pool for local radio. It follows a target set by BBC director general Tony Hall for half of BBC local stations to have a woman presenting on the high-profile Breakfast shows - either in a solo capacity or as part of a team - by the end of 2014.

Boosting confidence

English Regions controller David Holdsworth said: "This is a brilliant opportunity for us in local radio to reach out and find new and engaging female presenters, particularly those who might not have considered this as a likely career for them."

Applicants must submit a CV, a 200-word idea for a mid-morning show and a two-minute audio file describing what life is like in their locality.

The BBC says that while the events will provide participants with new skills, there is no guarantee of employment.

Anne Morrison, director of BBC Academy, said: "After the success of our Expert Women initiative, we know that training events like this can really help to boost women's confidence and skills, and help them find ways of getting on air."

Details of how to apply can be found on the BBC Academy website.

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