Whats On

Media Watch: Monday 29th September – Friday 3rd October


BBC World Service

8.05am: Hard Talk: Opera Singer – Jessye Norman

Hardtalk speaks to Jessye Norman, who is acknowledged as one of the greatest singers of her generation. Her voice has enthralled audiences in the world’s greatest concert halls and opera houses for decades. She was born in America’s segregated south with a talent that transcended barriers. Has her success helped to tear those barriers down?


BBC Radio 4

8pm: Inside the Ebola Lockdown

Tim Mansel gives a day by day account of the attempt to ensure that the 5.8-million people of Sierra Leone stay in their homes for three days. They will be visited “hos to hos” (house-to-house) by hastily assembled teams drawn from 21,000 volunteers and given health advice on how to prevent the spread of Ebola.


9pm: Lost Kingdoms of Central America – Between Oceans and Empires

Dr Jago Cooper chronicles the history of the people of ancient Costa Rica, who built a series of spectacular settlements among the rivers and volcanos of Central America. Admiring the civilisation’s hundreds of giant stone spheres, the presenter tries to unravel the civilisation’s enigmatic legacy, which archaeologists are still exploring

12.25am: Prince- Purple Reign

A profile of the enigmatic American musician, who rose to fame in the 1980s with hits including 1999, Kiss and Raspberry Beret.

As well as achieving significant commercial success around the world, he won critical acclaim for his adventurous, genre-blurring albums, such as Sign O’ the Times and Around the World in a Day – while also making headlines for his sexually explicit lyrics and stage shows, as well as his legal battle to retain control of his name and music.

Featuring contributions by guitarist Dez Dickerson, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, soul singer Beverley Knight and Paisley Park




9pm: This World- Rwanda’s Untold Story

Twenty years on from the Rwandan genocide, Jane Corbin examines evidence that challenges the accepted story of one of the most horrifying events of the late 20th century. The country’s president Paul Kagame has long been portrayed as the man who brought an end to the killing and rescued his country from oblivion, but there are increasing questions about the role of his Rwandan Patriotic Front forces in the dark days of 1994 and in the years since.

The film investigates the shooting down of the presidential plane that sparked the killings in 1994, questions Kagame’s claims to have ended the genocide and examines allegations of war crimes committed by his forces and their allies in the wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Part of the This World strand

11.05pm: Cocaine Capital of the World: Stacey Dooley Investigates

New series. The presenter heads to remote and hostile regions to meet people involved in the global drugs trade – including producers and traffickers who are on the run from the authorities.

In the first edition, Stacey discovers why Peru is known as the world’s cocaine capital. Beginning her journey in Lima, she visits a British man who was jailed for smuggling the substance into Europe, before linking up with government forces as they launch a major crackdown on the farmers that earn their living through its production. She then treks through the rainforest to find out how a new strain of coca plant is being grown.



Channel 5

9pm: No Foreigners Here – 100% British

New series. Documentary following the lives of the residents of the Manchester suburb of Cheetham Hill, which was identified by the 2011 census as being one of Britain’s most ethnically diverse areas, exploring the multicultural community through weddings, festivals, local shops and schools.

The first episode features Israeli Jew Amos, who runs a kosher deli ably assisted by his right-hand man Imran, a Muslim from Afghanistan, while traveller Joseph’s new Bulgarian helper hasn’t been in the country long, and the most simple instructions are often lost in translation



BBC Radio 4

11.27pm: Reimagining the City- Birmingham

Musician Soweto Kinch offers a different vision of a city he’s loved all his life – Birmingham.


Colourful Radio are hiring

We have a new management team at COLOURFUL. And they are getting ready to offer paid jobs as well as great training and real experiences.

To be part of this, you have to enjoy working hard, be a details person in everything you do, and above all be someone that respects and values a diverse working environment.

You’ll also have to be hungry to learn new things, and be prepared to put the station’s plans for listeners first.

If you want to be part of COLOURFUL, come join us in any of our job and experience roles – on air, online, and behind the scenes.

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BBC Academy Announce Free Event BAME Creative Professionals. Deadline Friday 17th October 2014

Bookings are now open for Welcome Back – a new free event for creative professionals from BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds on 5 November at BBC New Broadcasting House. An event delivered by BBC Academy in partnership with The TV Collective and Creative Skillset, it’s open to 50 BAME professionals seeking to return to the industry.

The BBC currently has 12.6% BAME Staff compared to an industry average of 5.4%, with a target of 14.2% BAME staff to be reached by 2017. However, the last Creative Skillset census found that in the industry as a whole “BAME representation has seen a decline from 12,250 in 2009 to 10,300 in 2012. BAME people represented 7.4% of the total workforce in 2006, compared to 6.7% in 2009 and 5.4% in 2012.”

With this statistic in mind, Welcome Back aims to inspire, equip and inform BAME professionals who are thinking about re-entering the industry with up to date knowledge. The event will also provide a chance to network with industry executives and to gain practical help, confidence and advice.

A packed day will offer a series of informative and insightful panel sessions, hands-on training and exclusive one-to-one networking opportunities with industry talent managers and series/executive producers.

Danny Cohen, BBC Director of Television, will open the day and sessions will give access to senior figures from broadcasters and indies talking on a variety of subjects, such as career strategy, the commissioning process and the business of television.

Speakers range from Sandy Smith, Executive Editor, The One Show; Jamal Edwards, CEO and Founder, SB:TV; to David Flynn, Chief Creative Officer, Endemol; Sanjay Singhal, Chief Executive, Voltage TV; and creator, writer and star of Citizen Khan, Adil Ray.

By the end of the day, delegates will have the contacts, information and all the tools to help them step back into television.

To attend Welcome Back delegates must be a BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) professional with a minimum of three years experience in any area of television or minimum three paid broadcast credits and must have been absent from the television industry for a minimum of one year.

Jo Welch, Diversity and Inclusion manager at Creative Skillset, said: “For Creative Skillset, training and development opportunities such as Welcome Back – which is particularly aimed at talent the industry has lost – have a clear impact in improving access and progression for diverse individuals. The day will enable them to become re-connected, with industry and each other, and empower them to make direct choices about their future career and skills development.”

Donna Taberer, Head of Public Service Partnerships, BBC Academy, said: “We are aiming to provide a supportive environment for delegates to seek advice from a broad range of industry executives and we want them to leave informed and up to date with the latest changes in the industry, as well as inspired to return to TV.”

Simone Pennant Founder & Director of The TV Collective said: “Over the years the industry has lost some absolutely fantastic talent, which has fuelled the diversity debate. This not only hurts them and hurts the industry itself. So we are very excited to be working with the BBC to help craft an event that gives lost talent the opportunity to re-establish themselves, learn about recent changes and explore what the industry now has to offer. Re-introducing talent back to the industry has the potential to be very powerful, and I am confident the industry itself will be much richer for it.”

For further information about the day’s events and how to apply go to:

Article taken from British Blacklist

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Divas of colour 2015 launches ‘Reach out to someone campaign for Depression Alliance UK

Divas of Colour 2015 launches its campaign against depression – ‘Reach out to some one’ in a bid to get people talking about depression and encouraging those struggling with it to speak up and find help early. The campaign will also be channelled to use it to raise fund with our chosen charity .

To get us started, we encourage people to reach out to someone either by phone, or on a date or meeting, or visiting friends and families and strangers, neighboUrs, take picture or a short video with them and post to their social media with the hash tag – #Reachoutagainstdepression #DivasofcolourReachout #DOCReachoutCampaign with @mbwmgt and then donating at least £5.00 to help us raise funds for our chosen charity.

Every year millions of people lose their lives or live in terror from the burden of Depression yet, this illness is rarely talked about. Often times people are scared and feel ashamed to speak out and find help.

As it is the tradition on Divas of Colour to raise awareness on issues affecting women particularly women of colour, this year our issue is Depression and Mental health and as such, we’ve chosen Depression Alliance UK to work with in raising awareness on this issue as also raise fund to help with their work on this.

To donate, simple email us on with your name, title : Reach out campaign and amount you want to donate not forgetting to sending your images and or video too.

Interested individuals and business can also register to exhibit, sponsor or buy ticket to attend the grand ceremony in March 2015 in London when hundreds of women from around the globe will be coming to London for recognition and celebration of their best.

Top celebrities in the Black community like Pauline Long, Theodora Ibekwe , Evelyn Obahor, Emeka Anyanwu, and a host of others are already solidly behind the campaign and are set to take the challenge.

Faustina Anyanwu the founder of Divas of Colour says, “Depression is a serious matter . A lot of women especially in our communities are struggling with this issue but find it shameful to admit it. As women, we have to take the lead to get people talking about it and helping women seek for help on time. I hope this campaign will also help to clear off the stigma to which sufferers are tagged with. ” To get started, I’m challenging Nena Ubani of Duchess TV, Fashion designer Kwame Koranteng, Women leader – Tola Onigbanjo, Baroness Jummy, Ben Oguntala, Gayle Thompson, Obi Emelonye , Josie Fadlin, Mrs Caroline Osuagwu, Eryca Freemantle, Evon Victor, Joy Adenuga, Ifesinachi Anyamene, Florence Enyinnaya, Dr Nkem Ezeilo, Temi Koleowo, Priscillia Nwikpo, Wale Ojo, Seyi Ogunmola Olusanya, Designer Yemi Koshiba, Nana Churcher and Mary Akangbe. I know together we can make this happen. Lets go!”

About Divas of Colour

Divas of Colour International women’s award is the largest gathering of world’s most powerful women of colour to celebrate the best of women of colour from around the globe whilst tackling issues that challenge them. Divas of Colour International women’s award was launched earlier this year March at the Hilton Hotel Tower Bridge luxury hotel. The event includes – Trade show exhibitions, fashion show competitions, models face competitions , keynote speeches and the actual award ceremony . It is a whole day event, with the tradeshow starting off from mid day till evening and is free to attend. Then, the actual award and fashion events commences from around 5pm to celebrate

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BBC launches Hausa TV news programme

A television news programme broadcast in the West African Hausa language has been launched by the BBC.
The 10-minute weekday bulletins are the first time an international broadcaster has aired news programmes in the west African language.

Hausa is spoken by an estimated 50 million people in Nigeria, Niger and parts of northern Ghana.

The bulletins will be available on the BBC Hausa website and rebroadcast on some TV channels.

Liliane Landor, World Service controller of languages, said: “We are proud to be the first among international broadcasters to launch TV content in Hausa.”

“The new TV bulletins will further broaden BBC Hausa’s appeal to audiences – on TV and online – and reinforce the BBC’s presence on the African media arena.”


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BBC are loooking for Presenters

The TV Collective are working with The BBC, to recruit for several BAME Talent Days across the UK, to help the BBC attract experts & future presenters from diverse  range

of backgrounds.

Please email me at to express interest
For more info click here.

Experts wanted in the following categories:

*Cultural Commentary – is your expertise in popular entertainment, the arts, literature or areas like social policy or national identity?

*History – the Tudors, the First World War, the ancient world or modern Britain, which period are you passionate about? Are you an academic, custodian, auctioneer or museum curator?

*Science – do you have expertise in a subject – from forensics to biology – recognised in the academic, research or commercial world?

*Health and medicine – are you medically qualified?

*Finance and statistics – can you communicate about numbers, from personal finance to big business?

*Food and nutrition – are you a chef, cook or expert on farming and food production?

If you or someone you know is interested please contact me:


Ngozi Thompson-Igwebike has been nominated for ZAFAA 2014

Ngozi Thompson Igwebike  has been nominated for “BEST ACTOR (INDIGENOUS FEMALE) in the upcoming ZAFFA Awards 2014

She has been nominated for her role in the history making production “ONYE OZI” (The Messenger) where she played the lead actress playing the role of Mkpurunma opposite Okey Bakassi.

ONYE OZI (The Messenger) made history last year, becoming the first Nollywood film produced in the UK in the Igbo language.

Go to to cast your vote

Voting closes on 2nd November


Other recent productions Ngozi has featured in include; Housewives & Girlfriends, Home Abroad,

Find out more about her films, modelling, TV projects via the following links; /

She is also a Co-host/Correspondent/Co- Presenter every week on Thursday evenings 8pm – 9pm on The Politricks With KO show on BEN TV,


Whats On

Media Watch: Monday 1st September – Friday 5th Sepember



8pm: The Food We Eat- Tonight

By 2050, the world’s population could be more than nine billion, meaning an extra 2.3 billion mouths to feed. With this estimate in mind, Jonathan Maitland looks to the future of food, asking what people will be eating in years to come. He meets experts who want to redesign cities and a scientist who is making beef burgers in a laboratory. He also invites guests to a dinner party where insects are on the menu. Last in the series

8.30pm: Panorama – Stolen Childhoods: The Grooming Scandal

Following recent reports that more than 1,400 children have been victims of grooming and sexual exploitation in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, Alison Holt investigates why the police and council apparently ignored warnings of the abuse. She speaks with people who repeatedly tried to raise the alarm and hears from young people and their families, demanding to know why they weren’t protected.


BBC World Service

2.32pm: The Documentary

Mark Coles meets the crate diggers devoted to giving Africa’s obscure musical gems a new lease of life.


9pm: Horizon- Inside the Dark Web

Twenty-five years after the World Wide Web was created, the issue of surveillance has become the greatest controversy of its existence. With many concerned that governments and corporations can monitor people’s every move, this programme meets hackers and scientists who are using technology to fight back, as well as the law enforcement officers who believe it’s leading to opportunities for risk-free crimes. With contributors including World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange

10.30pm: People & Power: The Battle for Africa (Pt2)

The conclusion of a two part People & Power investigation into the effects of China’s increasing influence in Africa.


BBC Radio 4

11.30am: Tupac Shakur- Hip-hop Immortal

Poet Al Letson recalls the life of Tupac Shakur, a conflicted African American folk hero. The son of a black panther, Tupac Shakur, trained as an actor, posed as a street thug and became a best selling rapper. He continues to be mythologised, revered and highlighted like no other. He was shot and killed 18 years ago, yet he is still the third biggest selling hip hop artist.


7.30pm The Shape of Things to Come?: Tonight

New research has revealed that young women in the UK are the most overweight in western Europe, with one in 12 being clinically obese. Despite the nation’s love of dieting and fitness, the obesity crisis looks set to get worse. Aasmah Mir investigates, exploring what factors are at play
Channel 4

9pm: Educating the East End

New series. Documentary following life at Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow, east London. The comprehensive’s newest teacher, Mr Bispham, learns the job isn’t always plain sailing, especially when it comes to educating Year 9 girls, while pupil Tawny focuses on winning a place at the prestigious Brit School for Performing Arts & Technology, but she’s competing against her best friend Alice. With Acacia’s mother sick in hospital, staff are on hand to help the 14-year-old through a difficult time

10.40pm: Nelson’s Caribbean Hell-Hole: An Eighteenth Century Navy Graveyard Uncovered

After the discovery of human bones on a beach in Antigua, historian Sam Willis investigates one of the darkest chapters of Britain’s imperial past. As archaeologists excavate a mass grave of British soldiers, he explores the island’s ruins and discovers how the sugar islands of the Caribbean were rife with sun, sea, war, tropical diseases and poisoned rum




9pm: Piers Morgans Life Stories- Alesha Dixon

New series. The singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge chats about her career and personal life, opening up to Piers about how, after finding fame with Mis-Teeq and as a solo artist, she lost her record contract and found out her husband was having an affair, all in the space of a few weeks. She speaks about being on the receiving end of a backlash after replacing Arlene Phillips on Strictly Come Dancing, and reveals how she juggles motherhood with song writing and her TV work