Quote: IAL Diamond @ 17th November 2015, 10:47 AM GMT
BBC guidelines on competitions are clear: "No member of the production team or anyone else poses as a competition contestant or winner" In the same document, section 6.3 regarding creative competitions clearly states:"...Panellists should be issued with the criteria for judging. They must confirm, in writing, that they have no conflicts of interest; they should not have any close personal or commercial connection to the entrants. If such a connection emerges once the competition has commenced, then the panel member should withdraw. Programme Legal Advice should be consulted. It might be necessary to restart judging...." Full BBC guidelines on competitions are here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/editorialguidelines/assets/advice/Detailed_Guidance_Competitions_October2008.pdf
Scriptroom 9 wasn't a competition. There's no tangible prize detailed. It was simply the name given to the window when the Writersroom was accepting unsolicited comedy scripts. So it's unlikely that the BBC competition rules apply in this instance.
The 15 people selected for the comedy development pool weren't all selected from Scriptroom 9, some came from other talent searches or were just people that were on the BBC's radar as being a promising new talent. Did they 'cheat the system' too then? Of course not. They just showed themselves to be talented writers.
And also, having a handful of blog posts published on the Writersroom website doesn't make you an experienced writer. A 'new' writer refers to anyone who hasn't had a broadcast commission. The 'new' is from the point of view of the network, not the individual. Sally Stott is absolutely a new comedy writer from the POV of the BBC.