BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5/ Viacom and Sky will come together to share experiences, challenges and best practice, as all five broadcasters continue to progress towards Doubling Disability by 2020, an initiative led by the Creative Diversity Network (CDN).
BBC Salford will host the morning sessions and ITV London will host the afternoon sessions, which will be open to staff from all the broadcasters and a wider audience. The aim of each of the one-hour session is to improve knowledge and confidence around disability, on and off screen; to empower staff to challenge and implement positive changes; and to build awareness of common barriers to development opportunities within the organisations and how to overcome them. The sessions will be streamed across both venues.
The programme of events, subject to change, is:
BBC Quay House, Media City Salford (09.45 arrival for 10.00-13.00)
BBC to talk about supporting neurodiversity with Project Cape with Q&A lead by Actor Ross Grant
- Behind the Camera: The role of writers and designing content
Actor Ross Grant to chair a discussion with BBC Ouch, Writers Room, ITV SignPost, and ITV News
- On-Screen Talent: Understanding & Removing Barriers and improving representation
Panel and Q&A featuring DANC, Amy Conachan from Hollyoaks and ITV talent, chaired by Deborah Williams, Executive Director at Creative Diversity Network
ITV Gray’s Inn Road, London (13.30 arrival for 13.45-17.15)
- Internal Engagement: Starting the conversation and understanding the barriers
Claire Sumner, BBC’s Directory of Policy, Allan MacKillop, BBC’s Disability Lead and Paul Wright, Senior Manager, Inclusion & Wellbeing for The Bank of England
- Being Inclusive: The Little Things that make a Big Difference
Viacom Presents actress, presenter and disability activist Samantha Renke as she discusses her journey from teacher to actress and the small things along the way that made a huge difference in supporting her disability.
The talk will be followed up by a conversation between Samantha and Purple Space, the networking and professional development hub for employees with a disability.
- Showcase: Best practice & Sharing Stories
Past and present trainees from Sky and Channel 4 talk about their successes working on programmes such as Riveria, the Paralympics and Delicious
- External guests will be required to present Photo ID in order to receive a visitor pass.
- External guests will be expected to undergo security checks. Depending on which site you attend this may include a bag search and body scan with a handheld security wand. This is not applicable to under 18’s, however the chaperone should be prepared to vouch for them.
- Tea, Coffee, Water, will be provided
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