The BBC is set to launch a nationwide talent search to find specialist presenters as it gears up for a new wave of architecture and design programmes.
BBC talent-spotters will travel to major conferences throughout May, June and July in a fleet of specially converted black cabs that will double as portable studios to carry out screen tests on TV hopefuls.
The corporation has also asked the RIBA for permission to attend its summer conference on 18 June, where BBC representatives will test delegates for 'screen presence' in the back of the cabs.
The BBC last year announced a raft of new programmes committed to design and architecture following the launch of the its new digital channels, BBC3 and BBC4. Current presenters include David Adjaye and Charlie Luxton and former singer Justine Frischmann.