BBC England launches ‘Fierce Women in Media Leeds’

BBC England is launching a brand new event in Leeds to inspire more young people to pursue careers in the media industry. In the build up to International Women’s Day on 8th March, the BBC is hosting Fierce Women in Media Leeds on 6th March, with inspirational industry figures from the creative and digital sectors, including award-winning TV writer Kay Mellor, BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty and documentary maker Ellie Flynn.

Fierce Women in Media is a free event showcasing some of the finest female reporters, producers, broadcasters, writers, and programme-makers the UK’s media industry has to offer.

The media landscape outside London is thriving. Leeds is a well-established media hub, with northern bases including the BBC, ITV, Sky and, most recently it is the chosen location for Channel 4’s national HQ. Women are at the heart of these companies, and many more. 

Tickets to the events are FREE and applications are now open via the BBC Shows and Tours website.

Event details

Fierce Women in Media Leeds – Wednesday 6th March, Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA

Guest speakers at Fierce Women in Media Leeds  include BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, award-winning TV writer Kay MellorBBC Three documentary makers Ellie Flynn and Annie Price, charity founder and presenter of You, Me and The Big C Lauren Mahon, author and columnist Caroline O’Donoghue, plus female bosses from SkyITVChannel 4, True North Productions and more.

Workshops in Leeds will feature TV, digital and tech skills boot camps, led by the BBC Academy and other industry experts. From drone flying to live streaming, computer coding to film editing, there are a whole range of hands-on classes designed to arm students with the practical skills required for a job in media.

Apply for tickets to Fierce Women in Media Leeds here:

In addition, Fierce Women in Media Birmingham is taking place on Tuesday 5th March. For more information about Fierce Women in Media Birmingham, visit:

Helen Thomas, Director of BBC England said: “Fierce Women in Media is providing young people with exclusive access to the women running the media world, so we hope they will get stuck in, ask questions and put them through their paces for what promises to be a fantastic series of events in Birmingham and Leeds.”