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21st Tachwedd 2018

THE National Lottery has today launched a talent search across Sunderland and Northumberland to find two ambitious young budding TV presenters to star in a brand-new mini-series that will show where Lottery funding goes in the local area. The National Lottery invested more than £20 million into local good causes in the two areas alone in 2017 and the stars of the mini-series will work alongside two yet-to-be-announced local celebrities to uncover some of the amazing projects that this money has helped to support and shine a light on the people whose lives have been impacted.

The casting team for the series will be looking for people who are passionate about their local area and the issues within their community. Together with their co-host and camera crew, they will hit the streets to meet the people behind some amazing initiatives, discovering the life-changing impact of National Lottery funding.

In addition to being the face of the mini-series, the National Lottery will give each person’s budding broadcast career an extra boost. The two chosen talents will get on-the-ground experience with an additional two-week paid internship at local radio station, Metro Radio. They will be mentored by one of the station’s presenters, gaining exclusive insight into its inner-workings, from assisting the production team to preparing scripts, researching stories and guests, and perhaps even assisting live on air!

To enter, wannabe presenters should head to Metro Radio’s website and submit a short paragraph explaining why they should be selected, as well as discuss a local issue that they are most passionate about. The three most-impressive entrants will be selected to take part in a short screen test in front of the producers of the mini-series.

Jonathan Tuchner from The National Lottery said: “Funding from The National Lottery touches countless local lives in cities across the UK, which many people don’t realise. We’re looking for local talent - potentially the next Stacey Dooley - to help show just where National Lottery funding goes in Sunderland and Northumberland. They will be confident on camera with a flair for storytelling to help us celebrate the people at the heart of National Lottery-funded local projects - focussed on everything from tackling loneliness and isolation to promoting grassroots sports and better mental and physical health.”

Since 1994, The National Lottery has funded more than 5,000 projects in the areas of Sunderland and Northumberland, helping to enrich the lives of thousands of people. Local projects that have benefitted from investment include the National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, which received an investment of £6.9 million from Arts Council England for its construction, firmly placing the city on the cultural and creative map of Britain. In addition, ‘Experience Woodhorn’ in Northumberland was awarded £10 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the conservation of its Colliery buildings and to establish a museum, successfully safeguarding the region’s rich history for future generations.

For the terms and conditions and to enter the competition, visit:

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 21st November at 00:00.


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Terms & conditions

The competition closes on Wednesday 21st November at 00:00.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30.

Applicants must have been a resident of Sunderland or Northumberland for a minimum of two years.

The competition winner representing each region must be available to film the mini-series across two consecutive days in November 2018 in Sunderland and January 2019 in Northumberland.

The competition winners must be available for a minimum of four media interviews to coincide with the launch of the mini-series in 2019.

The National Lottery reserves the right to cast the co-presenters using alternative means should no entries meet the requirements of the filming.

The two-week internships will be paid at the National Living Wage, based on a 37.5 hour working week. Payment will be processed by Metro Radio on behalf of The National Lottery.

The date of the two-week internships are to be agreed between the competition winner and Metro Radio.

About The National Lottery

National Lottery players raise more than £30 million each week for projects across the UK. To find out more about good causes in your area please visit