Mentorn Scotland has appointed Liam Hanley as the Editor of Question Time, BBC One’s premier political debate programme, it was announced today (Wednesday).
Liam joins Question Time from Radio 5 live, where he's worked for the past 12 years in a number of senior editorial roles. He takes up the position from 1st December and will be based in Mentorn Scotland’s Glasgow office.
Liam said: “Question Time is the people’s programme – the programme where the audience gets to set the agenda and hold those in power to account. The chance to lead it through a time of such uncertainty and change, where the questions about what happens next just keep on coming, will be an enormous privilege. I can’t wait to get started.”
He replaces Nicolai Gentchev who after five-and-a-half years as editor of Question Time has become Director of Current Affairs for Mentorn Media and is also Executive Producer of Question Time.
Nicolai said: “Question Time is a unique programme. In a time of great change, it has been a privilege to be at the helm and to experience the events of the last few years alongside audiences from around the country. I am looking forward to working with Liam, who has what it takes to be an outstanding Editor and keep making the programme essential viewing in the years to come.”
Gary Smith, BBC Scotland’s Head Of News And Current Affairs, said: “Question Time is the BBC’s flagship debate programme and lets the British public directly hold senior politicians to account and discuss issues with commentators. During a time of momentous political change our audience will continue to be poised with their questions, and Liam will lead the Question Time team brilliantly to ensure that one of our most successful programmes goes from strength to strength.”
In his time at 5 live, Liam has covered some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine, President Obama's inauguration and Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Before 5 live, Liam spent six years at Radio 4, where he output edited World at One, PM, Broadcasting House and The World This Weekend. He's also spent time at BBC World Service and Newsround.
Mentorn Scotland is part of Mentorn Media, which has produced Question Time since 1998.
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Note to Editors:
About Question Time
Question Time featuring David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg was one of the defining moments of the 2015 general election campaign.
In the build up to and following the EU Referendum, Question Time again played a key role. The programmes featuring David Cameron, Michael Gove and the special Sunday Question Time three days after the vote reached millions of new viewers.
Question Time’s reach and impact have grown substantially. Around half a million more people listen through our collaboration with Radio 5 Live and the “Question Time Extra Time” programme.
On social media, the programme’s impact compares with much bigger prime time programmes such as Strictly and Bake Off.
About Mentorn Scotland
Mentorn Media set up Mentorn Scotland, its Glasgow office, in 2002. Since then it has had a continuous and substantial production and development base in Scotland devising and delivering some award-winning and compelling content, adding up to hundreds of hours of original content.
Mentorn Scotland has made a range of major series for BBC Scotland including RTS Award-winning and British Academy Scotland Award nominated, Scotland Decides: The Big, Big Debate and the popular BBC Scotland series Clans and How Scotland Works.
Scottish-based productions include key returning BBC One titles: Question Time, Traffic Cops, The Big Questions, along with other Mentorn Scotland productions like Cutting Edge documentaries for Channel 4, single films for ITV including Britain’s Poshest Nannies, daytime series and popular formats: Cowboy Trap for BBC One; Hotel of Mum and Dad for BBC Three, and primetime series Watermen: A Dirty Business for BBC Two.
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