New TV programme formats target of training course

A COURSE designed to inspire new TV programme ideas kicks off in Inverness, a week tomorrow, as part of a Scotland-wide tour.

Run by a Turan Ali, a former senior producer at the BBC, the course is designed to “revolutionise” the participants’ understanding of programme structures, to allow them to come up with new format ideas. It is the first time he has run the course in Scotland.

After Inverness, the course, which lasts two days, moves on to Aberdeen (Oct 3-4), then Glasgow (Oct 23-24) and, finally, to Edinburgh (Oct 29-30).

There is the possibility of financial support, to enable participants to attend.

Ali runs Edinburgh-based Bona Broadcasting Ltd.

He is a visiting lecturer at three UK universities, has trained the production staff of many broadcasters around the world, and is considered an international expert in “programming for behaviour change and persuasion, having trained/mentored countless HIV/AIDS campaigns, soap operas and factual formats aiming to capture national imaginations”.