BBC launches BAME Expert Presenter Day

The BBC is passionate about reflecting the diversity of our audiences. We are committed to putting BAME experts at the heart of the media and to better reflect BAME issues and voices across our programming.Danny Cohen, Director, BBC Television
Date: 06.04.2014     Last updated: 07.04.2014 at 09.55
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The BBC has today announced that, following the significant success of the Expert Women training days, it is to launch two ‘BAME Expert Presenter Talent Days’ – one in London and one in Salford.

The training days will be aimed at members of the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnicity) communities who are highly regarded experts in their chosen field matched by a broadcast editorial area where there is a need for expert presenters and experts. The training will cover television, radio and news, and as with Expert Women, will include taster training sessions in studio and interview situations, delivering a piece to camera, masterclasses with key industry figures, advice on how best to navigate the business, and a networking lunch where the successful applicants meet senior editors and producers from across the industry.

The application process will be open to all from the BAME communities who can demonstrate expertise in their chosen area, which needs to match an editorial need identified by BBC programme and content areas. They will need to submit a short self-shot film, story idea and their CV, and each event will train between 20 and 30 people.

Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, says: "The BBC is passionate about reflecting the diversity of our audiences. We are committed to putting BAME experts at the heart of the media and to better reflect BAME issues and voices across our programming."

Mary Hockaday, Head of BBC Newsroom, says: "BAME Expert Presenter day will undoubtedly help to enrich our news content for audiences in the UK and around the world, and it will also help to demystify the process of appearing on radio and TV for the successful applicants."

Anne Morrison, Director of the BBC Academy, says: "Many of the women who took part in the Expert Women training days have gone on to considerable success as broadcast presenters and contributors. I’m delighted that we’re now able to offer the same type of training to BAME experts to give them greater opportunities both on and offscreen.”

Details of how to apply will be posted at a later date on bbc.co.uk/academy

The BBC Academy created and produced the Expert Women’s Day events, held in London, Salford, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast. More than 2,500 women applied overall and the Academy trained 164 women (16.5 per cent BAME) in the quest to help address the poor representation of women as experts on air. To date, there have been 249 media appearances by 67 of the Expert Women, including news bulletins for the BBC (radio and TV), CNN, Channel 4 and other outlets. In addition, a number of the women have secured agents and are in active discussion with programme makers.

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