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Media Watch: Sunday 6th January – Friday 11th January 2019

SUNDAY

 

BBC World Service

12.06pm: From the Ground Up

The Central African Republic is one of the least developed countries on earth. Years of conflict have left hundreds of thousands of people displaced. Sexual violence is rife and extreme poverty is endemic. Yet despite this dire humanitarian situation, reporting from CAR is rare.

Anna Foster explores the challenges facing this nation from the inside, and hears from those trying to improve its fortunes. She also assesses whether the deep religious divisions will prove a lasting barrier to real peace. In the capital Bangui, the PK5 Muslim enclave is a scene of regular violence. Anna visits a maternity unit that transforms into a casualty centre at times of crisis, and hears what it is like to live in one of the most tense places in the country.

She discovers how people are struggling to live in the divided city of Kaga Bandoro. Beyond the capital there is almost no infrastructure, and the lack of electricity, running water, police officers and teachers makes improving the country for the next generation a tough task.

Russia and China are keeping a keen eye on CAR. They see potential in the chaos, not least because of the untapped mineral riches it holds. But how do the people of this struggling country view that interest?

From the rape survivors and former child soldiers to the very heart of government, Anna hears forgotten voices and sheds a new light on this most brutal of conflicts.

BBC Radio 4

1.30pm: Class Act

Lenny Henry looks at how to level the playing field for young aspiring actors from low income and BAME backgrounds.

 

BBC World Service

2.50pm: Elana Meyer: Running For The New South Africa 

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the South African middle-distance runner Elana Meyer was her country’s best hope for its first gold medal since returning to international sport following the end of Apartheid. In a dramatic race, Meyer ended up finishing second but, in a moment that became a symbol of African unity, the white South African immediately embarked on a victory lap hand-in-hand with the Ethiopian winner, Derartu Tulu. Elana Meyer talks to Claire Bowes.

BBC Radio 4

5pm: Brexit Bewitched Bothered or Bewildered 

As we enter the New Year Adrian Chiles returns to voters he first met for the BBC more than two years ago and who come from both sides of the Brexit divide. Being alongside them he focuses on the issues they now feel lie at the heart of this complex debate as it enters its end game

 

BBC Radio 4

5.40pm: Profile: Stormzy

Grime music’s biggest star, Stormzy, says he’s from a place “where success doesn’t happen”. But he’s had a remarkable rise to fame. Six years ago Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, was working at an oil refinery in Southampton. Now, he’s a millionaire. His success began with his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, the first grime record to reach number one. It’s not just his music that has made him a household name in the UK. During the 2017 General Election, he lent his support to Jeremy Corbyn and at the Brit Awards last year he used his fame to speak out against the Government’s response to Grenfell. This summer Stormzy will be the first grime act to headline at Glastonbury, his performance to beamed to million across the world.

 

MONDAY

 

 

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes

After her son’s road accident, Maya’s helped by the kindness of Ghana’s famous poet and playwright Efua Sutherland. She’s also helped by ex-pat’s living close by, whom she names as the ‘revolutionary returnees’. As a group of Black Americans they are all hoping to assimilate into Ghanaian life, but it’s not quite as they expected.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

8.30pm: Crossing Continents: The Brazilian Footballer Who Never Was

At 12, Douglas Braga arrived in Rio de Janeiro, a wide-eyed boy, ready to live out the Brazilian dream and become a professional footballer. At 18, he was signed by one of the country’s top teams – but was also starting to realise he couldn’t be true to himself and be a footballer. By 21, he’d quit the game. He knew he was gay and felt there was no place for him in a macho culture where homophobia is commonplace and out gay men are nowhere to be seen.

Now, at 36, Douglas lives in a country that just elected a self-styled “proud homophobe” as president, which some football fans have taken as a licence to step up their homophobic abuse and threats. But Douglas is back on the pitch and – with a growing number of other gay footballers – fighting back.

 

 

TUESDAY

 

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.1

After a run in with European professors at the university where Maya works, she’s humbled by an older local servant who offers wise advice. Maya also befriends a local hairdresser, who believes she’s been cursed.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

 

BBC 1

11.25pm:  “Fake Homeless”: Who’s Begging on the Streets?

Ellie Flynn investigates reports of people being duped by beggars claiming to be homeless. She visits Cambridgeshire, where police have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to begging, and speaks to so-called `homeless vigilante’ Ashley Sims in Devon. He photographs, investigates and shames people he believes are pretending to be homeless

WEDNESDAY

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.3

Maya continues her quest to assimilate into Ghanaian life. She hires a boy whose true identity takes her by surprise, and when she dates a rich Mali trader, Sheikhali, there’s a clash of cultures.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

 

Aljazeera

10.30pm: People & Power: Niger- Europe Migration

People & Power investigates a controversial programme that has helped turn one of the world’s poorest nations into Europe’s southern border.

 

THURSDAY

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.4

Maya and supporters march in Ghana to echo Martin Luther King’s 1963 monumental march in Washington DC. Their yearning for full citizenship in the US is laid bare once more. She and her group of ex-pats are inspired by a visit from Malcolm X.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

BBC 1

8pm: Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall

Britain is already the fattest country in Western Europe and if trends continue, more than 50 per cent will be obese by 2050. Last year, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall presented a three-part documentary in which he set out to tackle the national obesity crisis. Now he returns with a final instalment, examining some of the misleading marketing claims on `healthier’ products, unveiling the truth about why Brits love to snack and challenging a family to rethink their portion sizes. He also heads to Westminster with Jamie Oliver to talk to MPs about the obesity crisis and gets an opportunity to put his questions directly to the Health Minister

FRIDAY

BBC Radio 4

10.45am: Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies Ep.1  All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes Ep.5

On Maya’s return from Berlin Malcolm X writes asking for her to work for him back in the US . She goes on one last journey in Ghana and makes a startling discovery about her family’s descent.

Narrator – Maya – Adjoa Andoh
Maya – Pippa Bennett Warner
Guy – Tristan Slowly
Julian Mayfield – Cyril Nri
Efua Sutherland – Gbemisola Ikumelo
Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

 

 

 

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News UK

Lottery fund backs 24-hour black history channel

A PIONEERING project to document black and Asian history on a 24-hour online TV station has received a £77,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Croydon-based charity Black Minority Ethnic Television Film and Media (BMETVFM) was awarded the grant to launch Our Heritage TV.

The brainchild of BMETVFM’s president, Ewemade Orobator, the channel will use films, documents and even games to tell the story of black and Asian pioneers who made contributions to civil rights, education, entertainment, government, science and sports in the UK between 1950 and 2010.

Our Heritage TV is being supported by the Black Cultural Archives (BCA), which will help train members of the public to create their own online ‘exhibitions’ from any period of history for broadcast on the channel.

The project will begin during Black History Month in October and aims to have least 1,000 items of heritage available to view and interact with by October 2015.

Other organisations supporting the project include London Archives Centre, BBC History, the Black and Asian Studies Association, Google Cultural Institute and Audioboo.

Orobator said he hoped the channel, which will also be accessible through a mobile phone app, will become a key educational tool.

He added: “Black history has been betrayed over the years – either underrepresented, misrepresented or not represented at all.

“Our history is not being properly taught in schools and then only in October, and the contributions that black people have made to this country have always been unreported or distorted.”

The project, Orobator added, will create a “24-hour resource that the community has built up and that they can access and will highlight the proud contributions that blacks and Asians have made to this country.”

Sue Bowers, head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “This project will help to gather, record and broadcast a wide range of information covering black and Asian contributions to living in Britain over the past 60 years.”

Orobator added: “The Heritage Lottery Fund by backing Our Heritage TV has made a statement that it values the contribution that black and ethnic minority people have made to the great story of the United Kingdom.

“Our project allows us to share a snapshot of at times difficult but deep and enriching contribution (1950-2010) on a national and global stage. We look forward to the massive contribution ordinary people across London will play in building and sharing this heritage.”

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News Opportunities/Jobs

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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy

Article taken from British Blacklist

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Opportunities/Jobs

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 catherine@thetvcollective.org 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: catherine@thetvcollective.org

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News

Sky TV Unveils New Targets to Improve BAME on Screen Representation

Sky today announces stretching new targets to improve the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people across its entertainment channels. The targets are designed to ensure that programmes on Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts better reflect the diversity of Sky’s 10.7 million TV customers in Britain and Ireland.
In addition, as the fastest-growing source of investment in original British programming, Sky wants to play a leading role in making the television industry more accessible to talented people from all backgrounds.
Sky’s new targets address the diversity of talent both on screen and behind the camera. To drive real and sustainable change, Sky will work closely with companies from the independent production sector to seek out and nurture new talent.
By the end of 2015, Sky aims to achieve the following targets for the new programmes it commissions for its entertainment channels.

On Screen Portrayal

All brand new, non-returning shows on Sky entertainment channels will have people from BAME backgrounds in at least 20% of significant on-screen roles. This commitment covers all genres of programmes, including drama, comedy, entertainment and factual.

Production

All of Sky’s original programmes will have someone with a BAME background in at least one senior production role. This is aimed at providing more opportunities for people with BAME backgrounds to reach senior positions within the production community.

Writing

20% of writers* on all shows will be from BAME backgrounds in order to promote a greater diversity of voices in Sky programmes and scripts.

Commissioning

Sky will also be offering a 12 month placement within our commissioning team as part of the Creative Diversity Network’s Commissioning Leadership Programme.

Stuart Murphy, Sky’s Director of Entertainment said: “Sky is dedicated to making programmes that feel representative of every one of the millions of viewers that watch our content every day, whatever their colour. So we have tackled the issue with the same sense of ambition that we show in all other areas of our business, setting ourselves a set of tangible goals that will hold us to account. Our aim is to kick start a sea change in the on screen representation of ethnic minorities on British television. It’s an incredibly exciting time, and I am very proud that Sky is going to be at the forefront.”

Sky will continue to work closely with the CDN, which recently also unveiled its cross broadcaster plans.

Sky is the UK and Ireland’s leading home entertainment and communications company. Around 40% of all homes have a direct relationship with Sky through its range of TV, broadband and home telephony services.

http://www.thebritishblacklist.com/sky-unveils-targets-improve-bame-screen-representation

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News

Letter to BBC and other broadcasters: actors and writers call for action over diversity

Text of letter sent to: BBC director general Tony Hall, ITV chief executive Adam Crozier, Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham, BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch and Philippe Dauman, chief executive of new Channel 5 owner Viacom

We the undersigned are writing you this open letter because together you are responsible for the most powerful broadcasting institutions in Britain and are therefore in a unique position to shape and form the future of British television.

We are dismayed at the poor numbers of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people both on our screens and working behind the camera

Today, only 5% of employees in our creative industries are BAME, despite BAME’s making up 12.5% of the total UK population.

In order to redress this imbalance, we believe that the training, mentoring and development schemes recently announced, although welcome, are not sufficiently radical to effect significant change.

We propose, therefore a solution that would almost immediately stimulate growth throughout the BAME creative community: a ring–fenced pot of money for BAME programmes.

The effect of this fund would be to engender and encourage television that would reflect one of Britain’s greatest strengths; our diversity.

Let us be clear about how this ring-fenced money would work. It is about quality of programming, not quantity: money is only spent when quality projects are identified – not to fill a quota. The major broadcasters have already set targets for the number of programmes produced outside London, and in the nations.

To increase ethnic diversity we are asking you to look at what has worked before and extend it for BAME communities. Ring-fencing money would not only guarantee results, but also create a more stable space for BAME talent on screen and behind the camera.

Signatories (to date)

Troy Titus Adams

Simon Albury

Kenton Allen

Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE

Amma Asante

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE

Juliet Blake

Alan Bleasdale

Gurinder Chadha OBE

Lolita Chakrabarti

Act for Change

Chris Chibnall

Ron Cook

Dominic Cooke CBE

Daniel Craig

Allan Cubitt

Richard Curtis CBE

Stephen Daldry CBE

Russell T Davies OBE

Gregory Doran

Nadine Marsh Edwards

Jennifer Ehle

Idris Elba

Marianne Elliott

Barbara Emile

Daniel Evans

Sir Richard Eyre CBE

Julian Fellowes

Dexter Fletcher

Aminatta Forna

Michael Foster

Neil Gaiman

Lucy Gannon

Rupert Goold

Tony Grisoni

Charlie Hanson

David Harewood MBE

Lenny Henry CBE

Harry Hill

Sally Long-Innes

Terry Jones

Asif Kapadia

Kanya King

Sarah Lam

Baroness Doreen Lawrence

Adrian Lester OBE

Phyllida Lloyd CBE

Matt Lucas

Lisa Makin

Tony Marchant

Simon McBurney OBE

Jimmy McGovern

Jed Mercurio

Courttia Newland

Bill Nighy

Rufus Norris

David Oyelowo

Ashley Pharoah

Lynda La Plante CBE

Stephen Poliakoff CBE

Lucy Prebble

Hugh Quarshie

Beverley Randall

Ian Rickson

Alrick Riley

Kristin Scott Thomas

Geoff Small

Elaine C Smith

Lord Alan Sugar

Meera Syal MBE

Emma Thompson

David Tse

Indira Varma

Sally Wainwright

Matthew Warchus

Emily Watson

Richard Wilson OBE

Benedict Wong

David Yip

Pat Younge

 

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/aug/20/bbc-broadcasters-open-letter-actors-writers-diversity-bame

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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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Opportunities/Jobs

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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Radio Television Training/Workshops

BBC launches BAME Expert Presenter Days

Following the significant success of its Expert Women training days, the BBC it is to launch two ‘BAME Expert Presenter Talent Days’ – one in London and one in Salford.

The training days will be aimed at members of the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnicity) communities who are highly regarded experts in fields that match broadcast editorial areas where there is a need for expert presenters and experts.

The training will cover television, radio and news, and as with Expert Women, will include taster training sessions in studio and interview situations, delivering a piece to camera, master classes with key industry figures, advice on how best to navigate the business, and a networking lunch where the successful applicants meet senior editors and producers from across the industry.

The application process will be open to all from the BAME communities who can demonstrate expertise in their chosen area, which needs to match an editorial need identified by BBC programme and content areas. They will need to submit a short self-shot film, story idea and their CV, and each event will train between 20 and 30 people.

Details of how to apply will be posted at a later date here on the Academy website. To register your interest, email bame.expert.presenters@bbc.co.uk.

Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, says: “The BBC is passionate about reflecting the diversity of our audiences. We are committed to putting BAME experts at the heart of the media and to better reflect BAME issues and voices across our programming.”

Mary Hockaday, head of BBC Newsroom, says: “BAME Expert Presenter day will undoubtedly help to enrich our news content for audiences in the UK and around the world, and it will also help to demystify the process of appearing on radio and TV for the successful applicants.”

Anne Morrison, director of the BBC Academy, says: “Many of the women who took part in the Expert Women training days have gone on to considerable success as broadcast presenters and contributors. I’m delighted that we’re now able to offer the same type of training to BAME experts to give them greater opportunities both on and offscreen.”

The BBC Academy created and produced the Expert Women’s Day events, held in London, Salford, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast. More than 2,500 women applied overall and the Academy trained 164 women (16.5 per cent BAME) in the quest to help address the poor representation of women as experts on air.

To date, there have been 249 media appearances by 67 of the Expert Women, including news bulletins for the BBC (radio and TV), CNN, Channel 4 and other outlets. In addition, a number of the women have secured agents and are in active discussion with programme makers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/news/article/art20140407100846300