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Aims and Objectives

> To provide affordable quality training in a range of audio skills

> To promote skills sharing across the sector, including radio, podcasting, audiobooks and all forms of audio production

> To encourage new entrants and offer opportunities for networking, collaboration and partnership

> To encourage networking, collaboration and partnership across the sector.

> To promote dIversity in audio production

> To be accessible to all those working in the UK Audio sector

THIS IS AN ARCHIVED COURSE, with details retained for interest and reference only

Researching radio or audio output can be hugely exciting and rewarding. It is also an indispensible skill for anyone wanting to become a fully-fledged assistant producer or producer. But what distinguishes those who are best at programme research from the rest? This workshop provides the skills and tools you will need to make your mark across a range of programming. 

Participants should bring one idea for a podcast, documentary or other programme item which they would like to pitch to a senior staff member at  CTVC. 

researcher stock photoKey elements of the course include: 

• Preparing and conducting a pre-interview with a ‘real’ studio guest
• Writing a research brief
• Online research and social media: benefits and pitfalls
• Opportunity to pitch your own idea to CTVC’s CEO or another senior staff member

By the end of the course, participants will:

• Be able to demonstrate that they can research any subject quickly and reliably
• Have shown that they can identify, pre-interview and accurately evaluate potential guests 
• Have written an accurate, well-distilled research brief – and be able to explain what such a brief needs
• Be confident to use a variety of research resources, including social media, while knowing the pitfalls
• Show that they are able to generate and pitch strong ideas

Booking information:

Date & time: 31 May 2019, 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
Venue: CTVC, 310 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7LW
Our office and studio spaces are wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have any access needs. 

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Schedule for the day*:

Introductions and course objectives:
What makes a strong researcher?

Types of guests

Including time to prepare your own pre-interview

Coffee break 

Pre-interview 1

Pre-interview 2

Short break 

Write your brief


Exercise feedback

Taking your research forward: online research, and some of the pitfalls

Short break

Prepare to pitch your own idea: the elevator pitch - including time to polish your own pitch
With opportunity to pitch and feedback in the group


Final questions, course review and wrap

*subject to slight variations

Training provider:

The lead trainer for this course, Kristine Pommert, has run training courses for researchers both at CTVC and for the BBC. She will be supported by Saba Zaman, our own very well-versed Radio researcher who has researched may award-winning programmes. 


Our lead trainer for this course, Kristine Pommert, is a highly experienced training professional: as part of her 20-year BBC Radio career, she spent two years as a Senior Trainer and Training Manager in BBC World Service Training, where she helped launch hundreds of radio careers, including those of many researchers. She studied for a Certificate in Training Practice (CIPD) in her own time and has designed and run regular training courses for academics since 2012. Kristine is also a qualified career coach



from beginner to expert in a day - (this is an archived course)

The aim of the day is to equip producers of podcasts and radio content with the confidence and skills to use different microphones, recorders and associated equipment in interviews, from the basic 1-to-1 to the more complex and challenging, involving multiple voices and microphones.

The day will cover:

Delivering an income-generating tape-sync. What you need, what to do and what to expect.

Microphone types:  You will gain an insight into the most suitable models, both mono and stereo, to use both in, and out of, the studio for varied applications. 

This will cover:Iain Betson headshot

• Microphone pick-up patterns: the five main types
• The difference between dynamic and condenser models
• Phantom power: Why some microphone require power to work 
• Setup of stereo microphone pairs
• Microphones for different recording applications and locations
• Handling techniques to avoid unwanted noise and how to position the microphone to get the best quality.
• Audio monitoring: Speakers, headphones and meters.
• The technical setup for situations that require multiple microphones, their connection to a recorder or mixer and balancing all signals to produce a quality recording.

This knowledge will be backed-up by practical demonstrations in the studio to illustrate how different pick-up patterns effect what is recorded, and thus sound, in interview scenarios, such as 1-to-1 and 1-to-many.

Building on this we will cover multi-microphone setup and balance techniques as used in a round-table/group discussions and music recording. 

As well as the studio our venue, The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith offers different locations, both internal and external, with which to test out your microphone techniques and recording skill and knowledge. 

Part of the day will involve a practical exercise, so please bring your recording equipment with you. 

FOR MORE DETAILS, including course timetable, please click here

Booking information

Date & time: 23 May 2019, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm
Venue: Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, West London
12 places - only 3 left

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[Archive listing]

So you want to create a podcast that stands out from the masses? And then you want to get people to listen to it?  

This day long workshop, from audio producers Whistledown, will give you some of the skills and inspiration to create high quality original podcasts and introduce you to the principles of how to market it.  

We dissect what makes a successful podcast, how to plan it and put it together, and explain some of the simple tools that can ensure you reach an audience.

Over the course of the day you will:

• listen to some great podcasts and work out what makes them successful
• script an introduction to your own podcast
• workshop and plan a podcast format
• learn the principles of capturing good quality sound
• understand rights issues
• explore different funding models
• make your own 5-minute podcast to take home.

About the trainers:

Whistledown producers create award winning programmes and podcasts for Economist Radio, BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 4, Spotify and Audible.  

Course leader: David Prest.

Cost: £125 + VAT (full price) or 2 student tickets at £100 + VAT (proof of status needed) - Book now at
When: Friday 1st March 2019, 9.30am-5pm
Where: The Bridge, 73 – 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London  SE1 0NQ



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Microphones tend to have an air of mystique about them: So many shapes and sizes, their correct handling and use, dynamic or condenser operation, the different pick-up patterns and the selection of one suitable for the intended application. 

It can all be very confusing.

This half-day course is aimed at being a “university of hand-held microphone use and application”. It will offer an insight into the most suitable models, both mono and stereo, to use “in the field”, and the ones that are less suitable. It will also cover the handling techniques to avoid unwanted mechanical and ambient noise and how to position them to get the best quality.

Techniques and the setup of situations that require multiple microphones, and their connection to a recorder or mixer, will also be outlined.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their recording kit along to this workshop.

Details and booking

Date and time: Monday 12 November 2018, 2.00-5.00pm

Venue: The Bridge, 73 – 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0NQ

Places: 12

Cost: £75+VAT (£90 gross) - please book through our dedicated booking website

Training Provider

Iain Betson is a BBC trained engineer and training instructor. He has provided training to many BBC News presenters and reporters including Nick Bryant (New Your Correspondent), George Alagiah and Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Channel 4).

He runs AV Resilience, a broadcast and AV services company, building studios and providing technical solutions to the broadcast media.

He has provided broadcast training services to the BBC, Classic FM and several universities and FE colleges.


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Deborah Dudgeon and David Prest, of award winning audio producers, Whistledown, will dissect what makes a successful podcast, how to plan it and put it together, and explain some of the simple marketing tools that can ensure you reach an audience.

Over the course of the day you will:

•             listen to some great podcasts and work out what makes them successful
•             script an introduction to your own podcast
•             learn how to plan your podcast, work out a format and running order
•             get advice on selecting the right presenter(s) and guests
•             experiment with microphone use and how to capture good quality sound
•             understand rights issues and funding models
•             learn how to reach your audience
•             and make your own 5-minute podcast to take home.

About the trainers:

David Prest and Deborah Dudgeon of Whistledown Productions will teach the course. Whistledown is the largest provider of speech programmes to BBC Radio, providing landmark series such as Radio 4’s The Reunion, and Feedback, as well as podcast creators for Economist Radio, BBC Sounds, Spotify and Audible.

Cost: £125 + VAT - (students, 4 places @ £100 + VAT) - book your place at the dedicated Bookwhen website

When: Friday 2nd November 2018, 9.30 am - 5 pm

Where: Artworks, 60a Weston St, London SE1 3QJ