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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:

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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

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.