BBC invites BAME and disability applicants for commissioner scheme

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The BBC is inviting talented TV professionals with a disability, and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, to apply for its Content Commissioner Development Programme.

Six placements are available for six-month development opportunities to train at the heart of the BBC’s commissioning teams in BBC Two, Arts, Drama, Entertainment, Popular Factual and Specialist Factual.

This will be the third time the BBC has run its Content Commissioner Development Programme, which has helped to attract and cultivate talent within its commissioning teams.

The initiative is also designed to address the under-representation of disabled people and those from BAME backgrounds in broadcasting.

Alumni from the programme include BBC Commissioning Editors Kalpna Patel-Knight (Entertainment), Julie Shaw (Daytime and Early Peak), Muslim Alim (Daytime and Early Peak in Scotland and Northern Ireland) and Sarah Asante (Comedy).

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said: “Representing the whole of the UK in all its diversity in our programmes and our commissioning teams remains a priority for the BBC.

"This programme gives experienced programme makers the opportunity to train at the heart of BBC Content and has already been successful in developing the next generation of commissioners. If you have the right experience, and are passionate about helping to reflect society, we want you to apply.”

Applications are sought from BAME and disabled professionals with senior editorial experience in television, as Series or Senior Producer, Editor, Exec or similar.

The programme is open now for applications and closes on 23 April - there's more information here.

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