The BBC has launched the recruitment for its new pan-BBC Disability Executive. This new post will have responsibility for supporting improved programming; commissioning and portrayal of disabled people across the BBC.
The role will have responsibility for championing disabled talent and disability-related production projects as well as helping the BBC achieve its targets of quadrupling disabled representation on screen by 2017.
The executive will work with senior management teams, commissioners, production teams and the BBC’s divisions to encourage the authentic and realistic portrayal of disability and disabled talent in all the BBC’s content, including supporting the mainstream inclusion of disabled actors, presenters, reporters, contributors and experts.
Joe Godwin, Director of the BBC Academy, says: “The BBC is looking for a talented and collaborative person to work across our TV, radio and online content, to help us improve the portrayal of disability in all our programming. There is a lot of great work already going on around the BBC, but having one person responsible for really pushing this agenda and bringing ideas to life will help us have a bigger impact.”
Last year, the BBC announced a raft of measures to improve the representation of disabled people on- and off-screen. In addition to the appointment of the new executive, the BBC agreed to build on the award-winning Extend programme, which helps disabled people to work in production, so that more of the scheme’s graduates remained at the Corporation. The successful Elev8 scheme for more junior staff was also continued.
To apply for the role go to BBC Careers: careerssearch.bbc.co.uk/jobs/job/BBC-Disability-Executive/11210.
For details of the BBC’s commitments to improve disability on and off screen go to: bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/representation-disabled-people