Michael Fanning

Managing Director 

Michael is an award winning producer and director who has produced a range of current affairs and factual programmes for both network and regional broadcasters including Channel 4 News, Sky, RTE, BBC and TG4. 

He currently manages all of Below The Radar’s television projects both English and Irish language as Executive Producer.

Michael is a member of the judging panel for the New York International Film and TV Awards.

He joined Below The Radar in 2006 having spent 5years working in news and current affairs at UTV.


Trevor Birney


Award-winning producer / director Trevor Birney has a strong track record as a producer of quality documentaries and series for Irish, UK and international broadcasters. He is a co-producer on the Oscar shortlisted, Alex Gibney feature-documentary, ‘Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God’, for which he received an IFTA in February, 2013. Trevor founded Fine Point Films to build on that success by focussing on further international collaborations.

In 2006, Trevor founded Belfast-based production company Below The Radar where he produced a range of English and Irish language programming, from award-winning political biographies to landmark history series to live, weekly magazine shows. Prior to that, he was editor of current affairs at Ulster Television. In a career spanning two decades, he has also won a Justice Media Award, two Royal Television Society awards, been nominated for three others and was named NI Broadcaster of the Year in 2002.

Trevor began his career in Enniskillen on the “Impartial Reporter” newspaper and has also worked in radio.


Máire Bhreathnach

Head of Irish Language

Máire joined the company in 2009 as presenter onSláinte agus Easláinte, a three part series on Ireland’s health care system for TG4. The success of this series led to presenting roles in Scéal an Airgid, a three part documentary series for TG4 on Ireland’s economy, and Luí na Talún, a six part rural and environmental series for BBC NI.

 Máire left her role as Irish language trainer with the Irish Civil Service in 2011 and joined BTR on a full time basis and has since worked as Production Manager, AP and/or presenter on BTR’s Irish language content.  She has a BA hons degree in Irish and Theatre Studies, a 1st class certificate in TV Direction, Production and Presentation and a Certificate in Production Management from Salford University.

Máire also presents Blas, BBC Radio Ulster’s Irish language magazine programme. 


Rachel Spence

Head of Development

During a career spanning 13 years, Rachel has worked across a wide range of factual programming for leading independent production companies; in production and development, serving local, national and international broadcasters. She started her career in Glasgow, working for Wark Clements and then IWC Media before relocating in 2006 to Northern Ireland where she joined Belfast indie DoubleBand Films as their head of development. She joined Below The Radar in 2012 to lead their development; working alongside Trevor Birney and Ruth O’Reilly to secure documentary and series commissions with UK and Irish broadcasters.

Since devoting her energies to development, she has been responsible for over 40 hours of commissioned programming, ranging from formatted factual-entertainment series and ob-docs to landmark history programmes. Rachel now heads development at Fine Point Films, delivering a strategy focussed upon international co-production and distribution, whilst continuing to oversee development at Below The Radar.


Sabina Cherek

Chief Financial Officer

Sabina joined Below The Radar in 2011 as Finance Officer and has been an integral part of the company advancement over the past number of years. In February 2014 she was invited to join the Main Board of Fine Point Films as Chief Financial Officer with responsibilities across the group, Fine Point Films, The Detail and Below The Radar. Her key focus is to manage finances and maintain accurate and transparent financial records for all documentaries, feature films and online media productions with oversight for financial planning and reporting, auditors relations and human resources.

Sabina graduated with 2.1 in BS (Hons) Business from the University of Ulster in 2012. As a qualified CIMA member and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), Sabina holds the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting. She is also a member of Accounting Technicians Ireland (MIATI) and a member of Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).



Michael Paisley


Michael Paisley joined Below The Radar as Senior Editor in November 2011. He is former Principal Editor with UTV.

With almost 20 years experience Michael has edited two Royal Television Society Award winning current affairs programmes. Having worked in a wide range of genres he has had productions short listed for RTS, Broadcast and ITV Awards as well as recognition in Broadcast Creative Review.


Tony Briggs


Tony Briggs is a leading entrepreneur, who has built a group of successful international companies across a range of sectors including commodities, construction, private health, business support and property development.

Born and educated in Belfast, he was instrumental in the establishment of the local city council's Department of Leisure, including directing the activities of the inaugural Belfast Festival and working closely with the
media. He received a national award for Leisure Management from the British Institute of Management and the UK Sports Council. Tony was Director of Leisure Services in Crawley, West Sussex and later in the London Borough of Lewisham.

Transferring his leadership and management skills into the private sector, he has built a reputation as a "local dragon" in the south east of England

As Chairman of Below the Radar TV and Fine Point Films, Tony adds his skills to the successful award winning team, helping to expand the strong position currently held and developing into international markets, with an Oscar as the target!