BBC Aims to Quadruple Representation of People With Disabilities

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BBC Aims to Quadruple Representation of People With Disabilities

Abilities365 News | 2014-07-18 19:30:36
BBC reports that around 1.2% of the people it portrays or represents on TV are people with disabilities. But less than a month after pledging to increase the BBC's black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), BBC director general Tony Hall has vowed to raise that number to 5% by 2017. Alongside quadrupling the number of people with disabilities represented on-air, Hall says he will raise the number of PWDs working behind the scenes from its current 3.7% to 5.3% in 2017.

According to Hall, “It is vital we reflect the public we serve – both on- and off-air. While the BBC has some good schemes in place, we must and can do significantly more. That’s why we want to quadruple on-screen representation and open up many more opportunities for disabled people to work at the BBC." 

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BBC launches ‘radical’ package of measures for disabled people

John Plunket @ Theguardian.com

The BBC has pledged to quadruple the number of disabled people it puts on TV by 2017 as part of a “radical” package of measures across the corporation including a new disability champion.

BBC director general Tony Hall said the corporation would “work tirelessly [to] open up many more opportunities for disabled people at the BBC”, less than a month after he announced plans to improve its black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation.

According to the BBC’s own figures, only 1.2% of people it portrays or represents on TV are disabled. It has pledged to increase this to 5% within three years.

The BBC said the statistics were based on peaktime programming on its four main channels, BBC1 to BBC4.Along with its target to quadruple on-air representation and portrayal from 1.2% to 5% by 2017, it said it would look to increase the percentage of all BBC staff who are disabled from 3.7% today to 5.3% in 2017, and disabled leadership roles from 3.1% to 5% in the same period.

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