Guardian: BBC pledges to include more disabled people in programmes

12 December 2019
Source: The Guardian

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The BBC has pledged to include more disabled entertainers and actors on its mainstream panel shows, documentaries and dramas in an attempt to improve the representation of people with disabilities on screen.

The broadcaster is asking programme makers to provide “authentic and distinctive disabled representation on-screen” in programmes that are not specifically about disability such as Who Do You Think You Are?, Eat Well For Less?, and high-profile dramas such as His Dark Materials. There will also be a new disabled actor in Silent Witness.

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Disabled people trying to break into the TV industry will also be offered the chance to apply for paid training contracts on more than a dozen of the BBC’s leading programmes as part of an initiative called BBC Elevate.

Disabled people struggling to gain experience in the competitive media industry will be offered the chance to apply for contracts offering paid placements on BBC shows including EastEnders, Line of Duty, The One Show, Countryfile, Pointless and Call the Midwife.

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