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NOW OPEN BBC Writersroom Window for Submitting Children’s Scripts.

BBC writersroom Script Room is a place where you can send your script to be assessed by a team of experienced readers who read all scripts as a calling card of a writer’s talent. This is not a free script-reading service, but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best new writing talent, offering writers without a track record, representation, or contacts the opportunity to have their work considered by the BBC. Short listed writers will go forward to access a range of development opportunities with BBC writersroom.

The Script Room window for submitting Children’s scripts is open from now until midnight on 7th July 2014.

http://www.thebritishblacklist.com/open-bbc-writersroom-window-submitting-childrens-scripts-deadline-midnight-7th-july-2014/

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Little Brother’s Big Opportunity Launch Deadline October 3rd 2014…

Following the success of Little Brother Productions’ 2010 & 2012 initiatives, we are once again offering a talented writer £1000 to develop an original television drama idea of theirs through to treatment with.

To be eligible, writers must have had one piece of their work professionally produced or, at the very least, have had a professional reading of their work. Writers who have contributed episodes to UK television series or serials (e.g. a long running soap) are eligible to apply, but writers who have already had an original single, series or serial broadcast on UK television are not eligible to enter. No prior writing experience for television is required.

To apply, writers must submit their writing CV and the piece of their work of which they are most proud, that best demonstrates their talent (this could be a stage play, a radio play or a screenplay) For more information go to the Little Brother Website:
http://littlebrotherproductions.co.uk/news/-f03075b2-9e99-43b6-b6bd-e12c7bf53e70

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News Television UK

Angie Le Mar: Going all the Way – Tuesday 1st July, 8pm OHTV

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Radio Television Whats On

Media Watch: Sunday 22nd June – Friday 27th June 2014

SUNDAY

BBC World Service

9.06am: The Forum: Forgiveness

Samira Ahmed explores the complexity of forgiveness. What effect does it have in the aftermath of violent crime, conflict or injustice? Is it possible without remorse and is there any crime that is beyond forgiveness?

With the Rev’d Mpho Tutu, co-author with her father Archbishop Desmond Tutu of a book about forgiving; author and teacher Michael McGirr, and Marina Cantacuzino, former journalist and founder of The Forgiveness Project.

 

BBC World Service

10.32am: Global Business: What Does the Future Hold for the African Economy

The African Development Bank is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Donald Kaberuka has been president of the AfDB for the past decade and has been responsible for major changes in the bank’s strategy for development and poverty reduction. There is more emphasis on the growth of the private sector, and on the importance of major infrastructure developments in areas such as road, railways, power plants and communications. Kaberuka says infrastructure is crucial in promoting regional integration in Africa.

Donald Kaberuka talks to Peter Day about the key issues facing a continent with rapidly growing economies – including the critical importance of improving domestic trade links, tackling the image of corruption, Africa’s youth and the controversies of Chinese investment.

 

 

BBC World Service

7.06pm: Global Beats: Ghana

Eight up-and-coming Ghanaian musicians perform songs especially for the BBC and talk about what inspires them in Ghana and beyond. Efya, queen of Afro pop, was discovered through a talent show, and recently nominated for the World Music Awards. Kyekyeku is giving a modern twist to traditional palm wine music and making Ghanaians chuckle with his witty lyrics. There’s also Yaa Pono, with a unique rocking rap, and Ayisoba, with his distinctive gruff voice and northern style, plus gospel artist Cwesi Oteng.

The programme is presented by Rita Ray, respected London DJ and authority on African music, who is originally from Ghana herself.

 

ALJAZEERA

7.30pm:  Talk to Aljazeera: Doyin Okupe

Why has the Government in Nigeria been unable to defeat Boka Haram?

 

BBC 4

10.20pm: Venus & Serena

A profile of tennis stars the Williams sisters, telling the story of their rise to stardom and following them throughout 2011, which proved to be a demanding year. Venus struggled with autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome, while Serena was working her way back to fitness after suffering a pulmonary embolism in 2010 caused by stepping on broken glass in a restaurant

 

TUESDAY

 

BBC 4

8pm: Rise of the Continents: Africa

Geologist Professor Iain Stewart examines key moments in the development of the world’s major land masses. He begins by looking at how Africa was formed from the wreckage of a long-lost supercontinent, with its landmarks, mineral wealth and wildlife providing clues that help piece together the story of its creation. He also reveals how this deep history has left its mark on modern day Africa and the world

 

THURSDAY

 

BBC 3

9pm: Stacy Dooley: The Truth about Domestic Violence

With one in four women and one in six men in the UK suffering abuse in their lifetimes, the presenter looks into domestic violence in young people’s relationships. She speaks to victims and perpetrators to try to understand the issues surrounding the attacks, and joins Lancashire police officers as they tackle some of the 9,000 cases of abuse they investigate every year.

Stacey also talks to Home Secretary Theresa May and gains access to the National Centre of Domestic Violence

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News Radio Television UK

BBC pushes for diversity on air

The BBC has announced plans for greater black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation on and off air.

“The BBC should be giving talented people a chance wherever they come from,” said director general Tony Hall.

The BBC will put £2.1m into a fund intended to help BAME talent, on and off screen, to develop new programmes.

BBC targets call for around one in six people (15%) on-air to be from BAME backgrounds within three years – an increase of nearly 5%.

The 15% target would be across all BBC television output including news, drama, comedy and documentaries.

Lord Hall said BBC News had set local targets in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leicester to reflect the population.

‘All backgrounds’

“I want a new talent-led approach that will help set the pace in the media industry,” said Lord Hall, who was speaking to members of Creative Access at the BBC’s Elstree Studios.

“The only reason we’re here is to make great programmes that people of all backgrounds think are important… and for that we need to employ people that have got ideas,” he added.

Simon Albury, chair of the Campaign for Broadcasting Equality, welcomed the BBC announcement, calling it “a huge step forward”.

“The BBC has announced a very substantial package of initiatives, which will drive significant and welcome improvement in BAME representation at all levels,” he said.

However, he expressed disappointment with the Diversity Creative Talent Fund of £2.1m, saying it was a fraction of the BBC content budget “of £1,789.1m”.

Friday’s announcement also included a series of targets for staff representation off-air, to be achieved by 2017.

The BBC said it would launch an Assistant Commissioner Development Programme to train six Commissioners of the Future to work in comedy, drama, factual, daytime and children’s programming.

It will include a 12-month paid internship, aimed at bringing in young people from diverse backgrounds.

But Lord Hall told reporters: “We’re not guaranteeing a job at the end of it.

“I’m certain they will get a job either at the BBC or elsewhere – but what I’m saying is we want to make a difference here to finding great talent and backing them.

“I’ve seen it work in the arts. If it doesn’t then we’ll look for other things.”

Incorporated into the 2017 targets is also a new senior leadership development programme providing six people from BAME backgrounds with experience working at the top level of the BBC – including a placement with Lord Hall himself.

“It’s going to be very competitive – it’ll be open to people inside and outside the BBC and we’re hoping to have a broad range of people,” he said.

The BBC said it hopes BAME representation at a senior level will almost double over six years, increasing from the current 8.3% to 15% by 2020.

The corporation will also take on 20 graduate trainees from BAME backgrounds, as part of its work with the Creative Access Programme – a charitable organisation which seeks to improve the representation of the ethnic minorities in the media.

‘Tough-minded’

The BBC is also bringing together a group of experts, including Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, comedian Lenny Henry, Asian Network presenter Nihal and Lady Benjamin to form an Independent Diversity Action Group, chaired by Lord Hall.

“I think the group will be tough-minded,” said Lord Hall. “But it’s good to have people who are there to support you, but also say you can do better here.”

Delivering a lecture to Bafta in March, Lenny Henry said funds should be set aside to boost the presence of BAME people in the broadcasting industry.

He put the presence of those from BAME backgrounds in the creative industry at 5.4%.

He described this as “an appalling percentage because the majority of our industry is based around London where the black and Asian population is 40%.”

He added that the situation behind the camera was also “patchy”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27938821

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Job Vacancy: Broadcast Assistant, BBC London

Job Introduction

BBC London is one of the most watched TV news programmes in the UK, with audiences for our flagship 6.30pm programme regularly topping a million. There is always a busy news agenda for the programme, as you would expect in the largest and most vibrant city in Europe. We produce an hour’s news every weekday, spread over ten bulletins. The programmes are about to move to a new gallery and studio within New Broadcasting House, the home of BBC News in the capital.

Role Responsibility

We are seeking to appoint a Broadcast Assistant with a wide range of skills to help us produce our output. This will involve three key roles:

Programme Assistant. Working in the gallery providing second by second timings for the programme to the producer, director, presenter and reporters.

Skills needed:

  • Aptitude for a live broadcasting environment
  • Calmness under pressure
  • Resilience

Assignments co-ordinator. Working with the News Organiser to deploy reporters, crews, satellite trucks.

Skills needed

  • Being highly organised and having a good command of logistics.
  • An ability to work independently
  • Good interpersonal skills

Multi-media co-ordinator. Some shifts will involve working on our multi-media hub, ingesting video material onto the Jupiter server, organising line booking for lives and pre-recorded material.

Skills needed:

  • All of the above plus an ability or aptitude for understanding video, storage and editing systems.
  • Good IT skills

The Ideal Candidate

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

Package Description

Grade 34

APPLY HERE

http://careerssearch.bbc.co.uk/jobs/job/Broadcast-Assistant-BBC-London/8220

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Job Vacancy: Production Co-ordinator – BAME Expert Programme, BBC Academy

Job Introduction

We are recruiting a Production Co-ordinator to join the innovative BBC Academy BAME Expert Programme on 6 month fixed term contract to be based in London, Birmingham or Salford. For more details about the BAME Expert Programme please visit:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/bame-expert-presenter.html

You’ll find working in the BBC Academy both challenging and highly rewarding. In such a dynamic environment, we take pride in being central to the BBC’s mission to be the most creative organisation in the world; delivering content that achieves the highest possible journalistic, creative, production and technology standards.

The BBC Academy aims to put training and development at the heart of the broadcasting industry by equipping both BBC staff and freelancers with the skills they need. The four colleges within the Academy – the Colleges of Journalism, Production, Technology and Leadership – with the Centre for Technology, allow the BBC to deliver dynamic and innovative training and development, focusing on core skills, values and specialisms in each area. Fusion is a unique collaborative project with support from all the Colleges. It delivers cutting edge  workshops, seminars and conference style events to all Divisions in the  BBC.

Role Responsibility

As a Production Co-ordinator, you will be responsible for co-ordinating a programme of innovative development training, conference sessions and workshops, ensuring that training  is delivered efficiently and seamlessly.

In addition to managing the BAME Expert Programme, you will co-ordinate events and monitor a range of activities including having responsibility for freelancers, suppliers and liaison with wider industry and sector skills bodies.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, you will have experience of Project Management skills and tools, co-ordinating large-scale programmes, and of budget control and management for large projects.

Strong planning and organising skills with the ability to prioritise and manage multiple demands for yourself and others are essential. This will be supported by good numeracy skills, attention to detail and the ability to ensure accuracy while monitoring a number of projects/pieces of work concurrently.

Excellent written and oral communication and stakeholder management skills are also needed, along with the ability to solve problems using your judgement. This will be combined with the ability to maintain good relationships at all levels of the organisation and with examples of these relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, clients and senior staff.

You will need to be able to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines with constantly changing information and priorities.  Excellent IT skills with a good knowledge of advanced Microsoft Office are required.

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

 

 

APPLY HERE

http://careerssearch.bbc.co.uk/jobs/job/Production-Coordinator-BAME-Expert-Programme-BBC-Academy/8376

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Researcher – BAME Expert Programme, BBC Academy

Job Introduction

We are recruiting a Researcher to join the innovative BBC Academy BAME Expert Programme on a 6 month fixed term contract to be based in London, Birmingham or Salford. For more details about the BAME Expert Programme please visit:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/bame-expert-presenter.html

You’ll find working in the BBC Academy both challenging and highly rewarding. In such a dynamic environment, we take pride in being central to the BBC’s mission to be the most creative organisation in the world; delivering content that achieves the highest possible journalistic, creative, production and technology standards.

The BBC Academy aims to put training and development at the heart of the broadcasting industry by equipping both BBC staff and freelancers with the skills they need. The four colleges within the Academy – the Colleges of Journalism, Production, Technology and Leadership – with the Centre for Technology, allow the BBC to deliver dynamic and innovative training and development, focusing on core skills, values and specialisms in each area.

Role Responsibility

To research and liaise with potential and actual participants in the programme, ensuring that both the Expert Presenters and the key industry figures participating in each event are drawn from as wide a range of backgrounds and specialisms as possible.

To work with key stakeholders in the business (both inside and outside the BBC) to determine areas of expertise where there is a shortage of BAME presenters and to assist with designing a selection process to address this.

To take responsibility for the longlisting and shortlisting processes and to be the first point of contact for applicants.

To make judgements based on experience to balance creative and editorial aspirations with financial and resource constraints and advise the team accordingly.

To liaise with the Academy scheduling and co-ordination teams around planning, scheduling and setting up the event days, recording attendance, procurement of resources, contracting of artists/freelancers and reporting.

To compile and maintain information and statistics relating to the programme, particularly in relation to numbers of applicants trained, subsequent media appearances and information about their ongoing careers.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have a proven track record in research for content production or of research on projects and/or events. You will also have excellent planning, organisational and time management skills.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also needed along with experience of successfully planning complex projects.

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

Package Description

Grade 5

APPLY HERE

http://careerssearch.bbc.co.uk/jobs/job/Researcher-BAME-Expert-Programme-BBC-Academy/8375

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International News Online Shows

On the Reel ft. Tiara Williams Africans vs. African Americans, What’s the beef?

On this episode of #OntheReel,The Reel Talkers talk about the negative relationship between Africans and African Americans. Why does it seem Africans do not respect African Americans?
What are your thoughts.

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Documentry: Wide Angle Presents Brazil in Black and White

“Am I black or am I white?” Even before they ever set foot in a college classroom, many Brazilian university applicants must now confront a question with no easy answer.

BRAZIL IN BLACK AND WHITE follows the lives of five young college hopefuls from diverse backgrounds as they compete to win a coveted spot at the elite University of Brasilia, where 20 percent of the incoming freshmen must qualify as Afro-Brazilian. Outside the university, WIDE ANGLE reports on the controversial racial debate roiling Brazil through profiles of civil right activists, opponents of affirmative action, and one of the country’s few black senators.