The BBC and Channel 4 have unveiled intentions to launch a fresh two-week online program, in conjunction with the National Film and Television School (NFTS), aimed at providing assistance to the freelance community.

Commencing in October, this no-cost initiative will encompass a series of masterclasses, workshops, training, and sessions dedicated to well-being, all tailored to cater to the needs of the freelance production community in the UK, both in scripted and unscripted domains. The program seeks to offer pragmatic insights, expertise, and aid, covering a wide array of subjects ranging from financial planning to networking and professional growth. This comes at a critical juncture, as the industry confronts unparalleled challenges.

This endeavour, spearheaded by 4Skills and the BBC, will be delivered in a virtual format, ensuring accessibility throughout the UK. It will be open to all freelancers within the television industry, with prior NFTS sessions having engaged thousands of participants across the nation.

Dawn Beresford, Director of Talent, Commissioning, BBC, says: “We want to focus our efforts on supporting freelance programme-makers through this challenging time. We are delighted to partner with Channel 4 and the NFTS to offer a range of practical skills sessions and support to our talented freelancers, and remain committed to working with industry partners on action that can be positive for the freelance community, both now and longer-term.”

Sinead Rocks, Managing Director of Nations and Regions, Channel 4, says: “The TV production sector is facing unprecedented challenges and we know that many freelancers are struggling. While there is no quick fix – and many external factors are outside our control – we are pleased 4Skills is working with the BBC and NFTS to offer freelancers additional support at a difficult time – and proud to continue Channel 4’s ongoing, long-term commitment to the UK freelance community.”

Jon Wardle, Director of the National Film and Television School comments: “As we navigate the current challenges facing the TV sector, this partnership between the NFTS, Channel 4 and the BBC underscores our collective commitment to supporting the needs of the freelance community. These free sessions aim to equip our invaluable freelance workforce with practical advice, insights and expertise so they can continue to excel in their craft.”

The programme comes as part of the partners’ ongoing support for the freelance community and follows a number of recent projects funded or led by the partners.

More details on the Freelancer Support Programme will be released in early September, with full details of how to register appearing on the NFTS website: