BBC Launches BAME focused ‘Senior Leadership Development Programme’ & ‘Assistant Commissioner Development Programme’ Schemes


Two ambitious new leadership schemes to encourage better on and off-screen representation of the Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in broadcasting are have been launched by the BBC.

Six talented people from BAME backgrounds are being sought to join the BBC’s ‘Senior Leadership Development Programme’, to get experience right at the very top of the BBC alongside Director-General Tony Hall and his senior leadership team, and help the corporation to become more representative of its audiences. The ‘Assistant Commissioner Development Programme’ is seeking six potential ‘Commissioners of the Future’ in entertainment, comedy, factual, daytime, children’s programming and across BBC Two and BBC Four.

The two schemes are a key part of Tony Hall’s drive to make sure the BBC represents every family and community in the UK, as well as being the first choice employer for people with creative ideas whatever their background.

The successful candidates for the Senior Leadership Development Programme will undertake a 12-month training programme alongside one of the BBC’s board members, including Director-General Tony Hall and James Purnell, Director of Strategy and Digital.

The programme is in association with The Clore Leadership Programme, and is open to people from both outside and inside the BBC. The successful applicants will start in January 2015. The aim is to encourage those selected to consider and apply for careers as senior leaders in the broadcast industry.

The Assistant Commissioner Development Programme will train six potential ‘Commissioners of the Future’ in comedy, drama, factual, daytime and children’s programming and across BBC Two and BBC Four. There will be a 12-month paid development programme, targeting promising people from BAME backgrounds to deepen their understanding of commissioning and encourage them and others to put themselves forward for commissioning roles, at the BBC and elsewhere.

For full details of the schemes go to deadline 19th october:


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