This has been rumoured for some time, but may slowly be coming to pass - an expansion of the BBC Writers' Academy. Speaking to the Royal Television Society last night, Vision Productions chief creative officer Peter Salmon said the BBC was examining way to extend the scheme beyond its London base and into other genres beyond drama. 'It's a really imaginative and successful scheme,' Salmon says in a report published by Broadcast this morning. 'At present it only covers England – but I'd like to find a way to spread coverage to the rest of the UK, and also other programme areas.'
Anybody in the UK can apply for the BBC writers' academy at present, but the cost implications for those who don't already live within commuting distance of London are verging on the prohibitive. So it would be great if the BBC could extend or expand the scheme to other areas, such as Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the north of England. There was talk of an expansion to the scheme at the TAPS continuing drama workshop in Cardiff earlier this year, but no official word at the time. Now that Salmon has broken cover on the subject, perhaps there'll be some action.