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About Stuart Earl

For the last 12 years, I've been a multi-camera studio and OB director – predominantly at the BBC and since 2016 as a freelancer.

I've worked my way up from CBBC presentation – where I directed the bits between the shows – to lead director at BBC News – providing creative direction and vision to flagship programmes like BBC Breakfast, The Andrew Marr Show and Newsnight.

2011 saw me take an attachment to BBC Sport, where I launched the Saturday afternoon footy show Final Score in it's new home at MediaCityUK.   The move allowed me to develop and introduce a number of format tweaks to make the programme more dynamic and exciting – and I'm proud these changes contributed to a 3% increase in the audience appreciation index score (AI).

Having proven myself to the team, I was handed the keys to Match of the Day, Match of the Day 2 and Football Focus (amongst others) – providing ad-hoc cover – which continues to this day.

With dreams of expanding from my news and sport heartland, in September 2015, I secured the opportunity to direct ITV's lively breakfast magazine show Good Morning Britain.   I loved the challenge of doing my job the ITV way, and thrived leading the team.   The boss was impressed too.

Since going freelance, I've had the opportunity to work on lots of new programmes and projects.   The Times described one of the episodes of John Bishop: In Conversation With I directed as "simply superb".   I launched personal finance magazine show Money Bite for NatWest and I directed 99 hours of output from Rio for the 2016 Olympics for BBC Sport.

Having directed two weeks of Crimewatch Roadshow last year, I'm chuffed and excited to be returning in 2017 to series direct the full run.

In 2016, I was selected by Directors UK as one-to-watch, with the potential to become one of the next generations' most prominent multi-camera directors.   The accolade won me a place on their 'multi-camera director training scheme' – where industry legends Geoff Posner, Steve Smith and Ian Russell validated and fine-tuned my skills over a week at Pinewood Studios.

With my Directors UK stamp of approval, combined with the skills and experiences I've gained from 16 years in the TV industry, I am excited to tackle new projects and continue my push in to different genres such as magazine, entertainment, quiz / game / panel shows, music and live events.

I hold a full clean UK drivers licence and UK passport and have been CRB checked.

Stuart Earl