Rising Industry Star Andy Stevenson Joins Whisper
Former BBC Sport and Channel 4 rising star Andy Stevenson has joined Whisper, as Development Producer. Stevenson was Commissioning Executive at Channel 4 and had a prominent role in the Rio Paralympics as a broadcaster for BBC Radio 5 live.
He will be working closely on existing broadcast projects and new business, alongside Whisper’s Head of Television and former BBC Head of Football, Mark Cole. The ambitious independent, who produce over 160 hours of terrestrial sports coverage, have made a name for their creative coverage of Formula 1 for Channel 4 and the BBC’s NFL content.
Whisper Director, David Coulthard, said: “Andy is a huge asset to Whisper and another example of us attracting one of the industry’s leading figures to our impressive team. We pride ourselves on diversity both in front and behind the camera, and we hope Andy will continue to be a role model in this area.”
In the run-up to Rio, Andy’s role at Channel 4, saw him working predominantly on the network’s Paralympic coverage. He commissioned the Allianz-sponsored ‘Dare to Believe’ shorts, and helped oversee the broadcaster’s diverse on-screen talent line-up.
As his Twitter bio says, Andy was born ‘without a full complement of limbs’ and he is a keen supporter of increasing the number of people with disabilities working in the media. He said;
“I’m really looking forward to joining Whisper and working for such a diverse and exciting company. I am very grateful to Channel 4 for the opportunity to work in commissioning, but I am now keen to bring my expertise on the Paralympics and knowledge of other sports to Whisper.”
Stevenson has worked on a number of high profile programmes and events, such as BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Sport Relief and Wimbledon, as well as The Clare Balding Show for BT Sport. He has a decade of production and broadcasting experience in both radio & television, including London 2012 and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Whisper was established in 2010 by Managing Director, Sunil Patel, alongside TV Presenter Jake Humphrey and former F1 driver David Coulthard. Last year, Channel 4 took a minority stake in the company through their Growth Fund initiative.
The hiring of Stevenson, follows a number of high profile acquisitions in the last year, including Match of the Day boss, Mark Cole, as Head of Television, Richard Gort as Creative Director and Mark Wilkin as Formula 1 Editor.