TV research

Due to COVID-19 our face-to-face courses are currently suspended until further notice.  Details of resumption of the vocational training programme will be communicated in due course.  In the meantime Pam Relton is running the TV Researcher Course online over 3 morning sessions. Please see below for dates. Also, take a look at our new new online bitesize vocational training programme.

What will I learn?

Do you want to be the best you can at production research?  Able to hit any programme running with a set of essential TV and production research skills? Don’t miss the chance for a place on the next popular TV research course.

This two-day course for aspiring, and existing researchers will teach you all the key skills needed to be a first-rate researcher, including:

  • how to spot and tell a good story
  • widening your sources of information
  • finding and casting contributors
  • writing proposals and research briefs
  • hot internet research tips
  • accuracy and record keeping
  • how to generate ideas
  • a not-so-heavy dose of editorial and legal compliance. 

Course content:

  • how to spot and tell a good story
  • professional TV research techniques
  • sources of information
  • interviewing skills
  • how to write proposals and research briefs
  • how to come up with and pitch ideas
  • the basics of editorial policy and broadcast law
  • accuracy and double-checking information.

Who’s it for?

Runners and aspiring TV/digital researchers, current researchers who want to validate and extend their skills, production co-ordinators, production assistants, new entrants and anyone who wants to acquire professional production research skills.

What people thought about it

“I flew over from N. Ireland to attend this course and in every way it was worth the trip. Pam’s anecdotes alone are bursting with lessons to be a more thoughtful and productive researcher, but across the two day crash-course we were given info that can inform every aspect of our professional practice from creative thinking to navigating office politics. Pam also knows how daunting it can be for those trying to break into TV and gives her experience with an understanding and respect that can be hard to find in the wider television industry.” Angus Gibson, Feb 2019

“What a fantastic two days. This course has given me the skills and confidence boost going into my next job as a researcher. Pam’s expertise and stories are funny and inspiring, and her jam packed training course covers everything you’ll need to know- and more!” Anna Johnston, Feb 2019.

“Just wanted to say a massive thanks. I learnt so much over the two day course and am feeling really inspired to get researching!” Max Thurlow, Feb 2017

“The course was excellent. Pam provided expert knowledge about TV research and the industry. From her stories to teaching us new ways of thinking, the course gave me a hugely knowledgeable insight into TV and what it takes to succeed as a researcher.” Max Steyger, Feb 2017

The tutor

Pam Relton

Pam is an experienced media trainer who specialises in creativity and TV researcher courses. She works regularly with Bectu, ITV, the Indie Training Fund and leading independent TV companies such as Endemol and Tiger Aspect.

Pam is a member of the  CIPD  and qualified in training and development. Her passion for training stems from a real commitment to helping people gain opportunity and inspiration.

With a background as a broadcast journalist in both television and radio, working mostly for the BBC, she has researched a wide range of output including documentaries, features and consumer programmes.

Find out more about Pam on her website


Currently on-line


No qualification.


£120 for Bectu members (£150 non-members)

Available dates 2021

21st, 22nd and 25th October – morning sessions

How to apply

Email Pam Relton

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