BBC Yorkshire has launched an internship in memory of its late Political Editor Len Tingle.
The placement is open to students at the seven Yorkshire universities that run a journalism degree. Applicants should have an interest in regional politics and finding stories from across Yorkshire’s communities.
Len, from Cudworth near Barnsley, had been BBC Yorkshire’s Political Editor for 17 years before he died in 2018. He was passionate about journalism, about Yorkshire and about giving opportunities to young people from diverse backgrounds.
He began his broadcasting career in 1981 with Central TV. He joined the BBC in 1989 and worked as a Business Presenter for BBC News in London. He then moved to Leeds and worked as Business and Industry correspondent for six years before taking up the role of political editor in 2001.
Len lived in the Huddersfield area for many years and was also a regular voice on various BBC local radio stations including BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Radio York.
Angela Tingle, Len’s wife said: “Len really appreciated all the support and encouragement from people who believed in him throughout his career. He was always passing that encouragement on to the next generation of young journalists.
“So many people have spoken to me about how he helped and advised them. He had talked about training young journalists when he retired, for him journalism was a passion not a job. This is a way for his dedication to the industry and desire to help others to carry on in his name.”
The successful applicant will get real world experience in a busy News environment. They will gain experience working in radio, television and online services whilst being mentored by BBC journalists. The deadline for applications to be received is March 15th.
Tim Smith, Acting Head of BBC Yorkshire, said:
“Len would have been delighted to have this placement set up in his name. I can’t think of a better way of ensuring that his name lives on at BBC Yorkshire. This is a unique opportunity for a student studying at a Yorkshire university to work alongside experienced BBC journalists, to develop their own stories and to produce packages for radio and TV. And what fantastic footsteps to follow in.”