Cameron Loxdale and Jade Gebbie are BBC Studios Contract Writers 2022

Thursday 17th March 2022, 9:47am

Image shows from L to R: Cameron Loxdale, Jade Gebbie

BBC Studios has announced its Contract Writers for 2022: Cameron Loxdale and Jade Gebbie.

The duo will work across comedy productions for BBC Studios Audio, including the flagship Radio 4 topical shows The Now Show, The News Quiz and Dead Ringers.

The Contract Writer scheme, which was previously known as the Radio Comedy Writer Bursary, offers two up-and-coming writers the chance of a year-long contract to write across a variety of audio comedy shows, produced by BBC Studios Audio. The BBC explains: "Cameron and Jade will work across sketch shows, panel games and podcasts, alongside topical series, as well as pitching ideas for their own series."

BBC Studios head of comedy Josh Cole says: "With alumni including the likes of Georgia Pritchett, Simon Blackwell and Andy Wolton, there is a fantastic heritage to this role, and we're so pleased to be welcoming a new generation with the talented Jade & Cameron."

Originally from Swansea, Cameron Loxdale is a previous member of the BBC Writersroom's Welsh Voices group. His existing credits include The News Quiz, The Skewer, Breaking The News, Newsjack, Extinction Compendium and What Just Happened?.

Cameron says: "I'm incredibly excited to get to do this quite frankly ridiculously fantastic job and to work alongside the brilliant Jade. I feel so lucky to be selected, especially considering all the amazing people who have done it in the past. I can't wait to learn and improve and be silly for a year."

Jade Gebbie is a writer and stand-up who was a semi-finalist in the Komedia New Act Competition 2020. She is currently completing a Masters online in Comedy Writing at Falmouth University. Jade has written material for Newsjack, Breaking The News, and her material has been featured on BBC Upload.

Jade says: "I'm extremely excited to have been selected to be a contract writer at BBC Studios. As a comic with a strong passion for radio, I'm thrilled this will be my job for the next year. I can't wait to learn as much as possible, hone my craft, and work alongside Cameron. After working from home since March 2020, I'm also looking forward to some much-needed human interaction!"

Cameron and Jade take over the mantle of the role from previous Contract Writers, Tasha Dhanraj and Rajiv Karia who have worked extensively across the portfolio and will continue working with the audio and TV team at Studios. Karia has just been announced as a new BBC Studios producer, alongside Georgia Keating.

Julia McKenzie, creative director of BBC Studios Audio, says: "I'm thrilled Rajiv has made the transition to becoming a producer in the team. His skills in this area became evident really quickly and he has already secured his first commission. I know Georgia can't wait to get started and she's producing her first show in the next few weeks, which is really exciting. I'm looking forward to working with them both."

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