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A training programme has been launched to give young Scottish TV talent from diverse backgrounds a route into the industry.
Nine production companies including BBC Scotland will host a trainee researcher from an under-represented background as part of the paid 10-month course.
The Rad scheme from training provider TRC was open to those with a disability, from black, Asian or minority ethnic communities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Other companies taking part include IWC Media, Hopscotch Films, Matchlight, Raise the Roof Productions, Firecracker Scotland, Mentorn and Two Rivers Media.
James M Macleod was successful in applying and will go on a placement with Glasgow-based Blazing Griffin as part of the programme.
He said: “I have been looking for that first step into the TV and film industry for some time, but it has been a bit of a struggle.
“The go-to entry level position in most cases is as a runner but with physical issues such as mine that has been a daunting idea.
“Going for a job where disability is not only acknowledged but welcomed in such an upfront manner (along with other under-represented groups) was really encouraging, too.
“I was excited by the prospect of working with any of the companies involved.”
The programme is funded by BBC Nations and Regions, Channel 4, Scottish Enterprise, Screen Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Workplace Equality Fund.