Ms Kate Smith


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Ms Kate Smith

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About me

I am a TV producer, content developer, writer and lecturer.

I’ve made programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and STV across factual genres; ob doc, specialist factual, factual entertainment and formats. The pursuit of stories has taken me to some unexpected places; the dungeons of Edinburgh Castle, the top of the Forth Rail bridge, the bars and clubs of Faliraki and the A+E department of Ninewells hospital.

After a postgraduate journalism course at the Scottish Centre for Journalism Studies (Strathclyde and Caledonian Universities), I exchanged improbable programme ideas for a work placement in BBC Radio. This launched a freelance career in radio and television spanning many years. I’m a seasoned developer of programmes, I’ve written features and columns for newspapers, magazines and online. Ideas have been my currency throughout my career. I’ve also spent well over a decade teaching television production to college and university students.

I joined the TV production team at Stirling in September 2017 and am Programme Director of our Masters in Factual TV. I lead on Introduction to Development, Access Documentary, and Factual Formats as well as guiding students through the delights and challenges of finding work in this competitive business in Television Industry Experience.


BAFTA Scotland New Talent (Entertainment)…s-2015-announced
Mentor/Exec Producer for 'The Wee 'Hings'. Producer/Director Ian Henderson was winner of a Commonwealth Games competition to develop and produce a short film in celebration of Glasgow. The film was screened at the opening ceremony of the Games in Glasgow in 2014, and also went on to win a BAFTA New Talent award in 2015.

Best Factual Entertainment/Features programme, Royal Television Society Scotland…land-awards-2018
One-off documentary about homeless families in the UK; made by Raise the Roof Productions for Channel 4 Current Affairs.

Professional Career

Judge, Royal Television Society (Scotland) Awards
One of a judging panel for the Best Director category for the Royal Television Society awards of 2021.

Judge, Royal Television Society (Scotland) Awards
Member of the judging panel for the Factual Entertainment and Features category for the Royal Television Society Scotland awards 2019.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy