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.

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 began working with Below the Radar in 2009 as presenter on Sláinte 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 documentary series on Ireland’s economy for TG4; Luí na Talún, a rural and environmental series for BBC NI; the long running magazine series I Lár an Aonaigh (BBC NI) and most recently An Focal Scoir, an issues based discussion studio series for BBC NI.

She now heads up the Irish language unit in BTR and works as Producer, Production Manager and/or presenter across BTR’s Irish language content.  She has recently produced her first feature length documentary Rocky Ros Muc which won best documentary at the Boston Irish Film Festival.

Máire also presents BBC Radio Ulster’s Irish language weekly current affairs panel show ‘Blas’. 


Claire Burgoyne

Head of Development

Claire joined the company in 2016 after working as a programme manager at Catalyst Inc, formerly the Northern Ireland Science Park. There she was responsible for developing Generation Innovation, a network for innovative, creative and entrepreneurial young people. She also managed the annual Knowledge Economy Index report, charting the growth of the Northern Ireland innovation sector.

Previously Claire spent 18 years at the BBC. Highlights include leading a network radio development team in Belfast, responsible for commissions to BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. She was also part of the project team for the acclaimed A History of the World collaboration with the British Museum.


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.


Chris Scott

Post Production

Chris joined Below The Radar in 2006. He is responsible for the design, visual effects, and colour grade of the programmes. Chris has created work for a dozen features including work for Disney and Warner Brothers.

He also does illustration work for Below The Radar's sister company The Detail.tv.