Patron of the Royal Television Society since 1997, The Prince of Wales announced the establishment of £60,000 of yearly bursaries for those pursuing university studies in television production.
This opportunity will “offer twenty bursaries of £3,000 (£1,000 per year) to students studying television production and related digital media at accredited British universities,” according to Televisual.com.
Prince Charles heralded the “hidden army of unsung heroes behind the cameras”, and cited Creative Skillset research that highlighted “significant skills shortages across all forms of production,” in his speech yesterday during a Royal Television Society Craft Skills Master Class gathering in London.
“There are too few designers, mixers, editors, costume supervisors, camera and boom operators and digital imaging technicians,” said The Prince.
The bursaries will aim to aid students who may struggle to find the funds necessary to pursue media and television studies at university.
During their studies, the beneficiaries of the bursaries will also be given two free memberships: one to The Hospital Club as well as one year’s free membership in the Royal Television Society post matriculation.
The Hospital Club was founded in 2004 by Microsoft’s Paul Allen and The Eurthymics Dave Stewart as a “creative hub in the heart of London offering the creative community the environment and facilities they need to create, connect and collaborate,” according to their website.
Charles became cognizant of the issues facing television production in the midst of filming last year’s Diamond Jubilee Tribute.
“One particular issue we discussed was the alarming trend in factual programmes to dispense with the services of a dedicated sound recordist, often due to pressure on budgets,” The Prince commented. “People often think television is only about pictures. But, of course, even the most wonderful images cannot be sustained for long without accompanying sound.”
“We wish to encourage more diverse and less affluent young people to consider a future career in our industries and provide tangible support during the early stages of their development and career progression,” CEO of the Royal Television Society, Theresa Wise said.
The Royal Television Society was founded in 1927, and was allowed its Royal title in 1966.