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RTS bursary scheme expands into Scotland

STV to offer internship opportunities at STV News, STV Productions and STV Digital

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has relaunched and expanded its bursary scheme, with STV funding 10 additional bursaries each year for students studying in Scotland.

STV have joined All3Media, Disney and the Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund in contributing to the bursary schemes, as well as offering internship opportunities at STV News, STV Productions and STV Digital.

RTS offers two mentor-led schemes: the Television Production and Journalism bursary for individuals with household income of £25,000 or below; and the Technology bursary for those of £30,000 or below.

The total funding pledged to the schemes has doubled over the past four years, with this year’s total around £149,000.

Theresa Wise, RTS CEO, said: “RTS Futures and our bursary schemes are extremely important to us as we strive to encourage and guide new talent from low income and diverse backgrounds into the industry.

“We are delighted that STV has agreed to fund 10 additional bursaries, helping us expand our opportunities and grow our community of students and graduates supported by the RTS.”

Simon Pitts, STV CEO, added: “It’s a hugely exciting time for Scotland’s creative industries and this new investment from STV will see students from right across Scotland become part of a unique network of emerging creative talent.

“With the fantastic support of the RTS the aim of the new STV Bursary Programme is to develop an even stronger and more diverse pool of creative talent in Scotland, make it easier for people to launch careers in television whatever their backgrounds, and help drive Scotland’s future creative economy.”