The BBC is holding a series of events, including one in Salford to encourage more women to take up presenting roles in local radio.

It follows a speech by BBC director general, Tony Hall, in which he called for half of all BBC local stations to have a women presenting their most important show – either alone or as part of a team.

The events, which are being held in Birmingham, Salford and London, will give those selected an idea of what it’s like to work in BBC local radio and try out presenting.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for us in local radio to reach out and find new and engaging female presenters, particularly those who might not have considered this as a likely career for them,” said David Holdsworth, controller of English Regions.

“It will also complement the BBC Local Radio initiative that aims to increase the numbers of female presenters on our Breakfast shows. Our listeners are passionate about their local radio station and we’re committed to finding the best talent that we can for the future.”

Those going to the events will be able to network with current presenting staff and take part in discussions, workshops and get tips.

In order to attend, potential presenters must go through a selection process. This includes the submission of a CV, a 200 word programme idea for a mid-morning show and a 2 minute audio file.

Details of how to apply along with the full terms and conditions can be found on the BBC Academy website.