Project Management

In tandem with its programme-making production work, BlackRook Media specialises in building launch teams – for new production projects and channel start-ups – on television and online.

In our first year we’ve managed the Project Phase of the new global TV channel ARISE News, Sky Channel 519.

We provided the Commissioning Editor and Project Manager for an intensive six months of planning, before recruiting and then handing over to the ARISE News Launch Team.

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This is what the company’s International Managing Director had to say about our work:

As Project Manager, Alan Rook showed his professionalism, dedication and thorough understanding of the massive task he was set. He is an exceptionally hard working media expert.

Penny McDonald, ARISE Media UK ARISE News – Sky channels 519 and 570 – now in HD

BlackRook Media teams currently provide nine hours of rolling news and current affairs programmes for Arise Networks every day, seven days a week.

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BlackRook’s project leadership credentials are founded on deep experience – right across factual TV production.

Our consultants have run some of the biggest brands in UK broadcasting.

Our Managing Director Alan Rook was Editor of the iconic UK Daytime show This Morning and part of the Senior Management Team of Lorraine.

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In Broadcast News

In 2010 and 2011 Alan served on the executive group that oversees all of ITV News on television and online – network programmes and Nations and Regions output.

In 2008 and 2009 he planned and managed radical reorganisation at ITV Central – England’s biggest TV region.

He’d previously helped manage major changes to structure and staffing at ITV Meridian.

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In Breakfast Television

He led change for ITV News at GMTV and Daybreak -refreshing and reorganising network news provision at breakfast time, working to foster stronger links between ITN, ITV Breakfast and ITV’s Nations and Regions.

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Across International Teams

As well as international work with ITV News and ARISE Networks, Alan was a member of the Senior Management Team at the UK Armed Forces’ charity SSVC.

There – as Head of News for the British Forces Broadcasting Service – he led the modernisation of working practices across a staff of journalists, technicians and contributors serving 250,000 servicemen and women and their families in 14 countries, including a permanent team in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

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Testing Technology

BlackRook advises industry on TV production too – helping test new systems, kit and workflows – examining the most effective working practices, roles and responsibilities across teams. In 2014 we’re working with the business strategists Xsequor.

BlackRook is providing project counsel on newsroom structure and process in collaboration with technology providers and major broadcasters.

The full development story of the broadcast software and hardware behind deluxe mediacloud is explained in BlackRook films produced for the broadcasting industry conventions NAB in Las Vegas and IBC in Amsterdam.

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BlackRook Media advised groups across the UK as they prepared and launched ‘city TV 'stations in the competitions for the first and second tranche of UK Local Television Broadcasting Licenses in 2013 and 2014

We advised groups in Kent, Birmingham and Norwich on staffing, scheduling, production partnerships and on cost effective in-house studio and location programme-making

BlackRook's work with ARISE News included:

Assembling a team of contract executives and consultants, with responsibilities across three continents, to prepare the station for launch in 2013.

We devised & led work-streams on:

  • The UK broadcast licensing process
  • Securing premises
  • Satellite and platform distribution
  • Regulatory content requirements
  • Editorial agenda
  • Set design and branding
  • Editorial, technical and support staffing structure
  • Recruitment
  • Production - on TV & online
  • Training
  • Public Relations

We are dedicated to delivering excellence and nothing less. We provide great results. You can trust that your business and personal matters will be handled with professionalism, integrity, and the utmost discretion.

Click on the link here to read through the career histories of The BlackRook Team.

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Testimonial

I worked alongside Alan Rook at both regional and national ITV over a period of several years. Invariably he demonstrated an ability to enthuse the team around him, driven on by his own creative vision. Alan knows the difference between a journeyman piece of television that merely fills some airtime, and that which demands space in the schedule and is a pleasure to watch. Importantly, the skills he brings are commitment, perfectionism and a relentless search for quality.

Philip Gomm Head of External Communications, The RAC Foundation

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BlackRook Media advised the Archant media group on video strategy, training and commercial exploitation of content across all of its print and online businesses and its local television station Mustard TV. The consultancy ran throughout 2014.

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