School of Creative Technologies


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Zoe Sale

  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 8484
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  • Department: School of Creative Technologies
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I was part of the Nobel Prize nominated team on the multi-award-winning Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and War Crimes Unpunished films for C4 and ITN Productions. With the same team, I produced No Fire Zone, a feature-length documentary that screened worldwide. That journalism is credited with playing a key role in convincing the UN Human Rights Council to launch an international war crimes investigation into the events of the closing stages of the Sri Lankan civil war.

After a postgraduate in broadcast journalism, I started out as a researcher at BBC South West working in current affairs and politics. I spent a few years as a Producer/Director on the regional magazine programme Inside Out before moving up to network BBC and working on Rogue Traders. After going freelance, I worked on Tonight with Trevor McDonald and various factual programming for ITV and National Geographic.

From 2012–2015, I was the main in-house development producer for the current affairs unit at the BBC, during which time I had three of my original ideas commissioned: Are Our Kids Tough Enough: Chinese School – a series for BBC 2 that received global recognition, Make Me A German – a documentary also for BBC2, and Slum Survivors – a series for BBC3.

In 2017, I joined the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth, teaching across Broadcast Journalism and Television and Broadcasting.