Applications open for BBC Content Commissioner Development Programme

This programme gives up and coming talent the opportunity to undertake training at the heart of BBC Content and we hope will play a vital part in developing the next generation of commissioners and executive producers.Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content
Date: 06.12.2016     Last updated: 06.12.2016 at 15.52
BBC invites disabled and BAME TV professionals to join exciting training and development programme.

The BBC is inviting television professionals with a disability and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to apply for the BBC Content Commissioner Development Programme. The programme is a key part of the BBC’s ambition to embed diversity within everything the corporation does, on and off screen.

The scheme will offer training placements on BBC Two and BBC Three as well as across Daytime, Entertainment, Comedy and Factual, and a further placement in Drama will follow. Applications are sought from BAME and disabled candidates with senior editorial experience – as Series or Senior Producer, Editor, Exec or similar - so that they can build on this experience through the training and development provided.

Successful candidates will gain an insight into commissioning at the highest level, which we hope will enable them to go on to help shape the future of broadcasting across the industry, making sure content is innovative, distinctive and reflective of the whole of the UK.

Building on their existing expertise gained from within TV, successful candidates will be placed alongside experts from the BBC to deepen their understanding of commissioning, develop new skills and gain invaluable practical experience.

They will receive industry-standard training, starting with a five day intensive boot camp, and including a whole host of master classes and workshops across the course of the year.

Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, says: “It’s important that the BBC represents the whole of the UK in all its diversity, and part of that is ensuring a range of voices in the commissioning process. This programme gives up and coming talent the opportunity to undertake training at the heart of BBC Content and we hope will play a vital part in developing the next generation of commissioners and executive producers”.

Alison Kirkham, Controller, BBC Factual Commissioning, says: “If you have the right experience, care about increasing diverse representation on TV and are disabled or from a minority ethnic background, we want you to apply. We want to reflect modern Britain in a way that is authentic – and to do that, we welcome fresh perspectives and want to encourage participation from BAME and disabled individuals who are currently underrepresented in commissioning”.

The training programme builds on the success of the BBC’s Assistant Commissioner Scheme, launched in 2015, which gave six media professionals the opportunity to learn from BBC Commissioners. Alumni from the scheme have gained experience in the Commissioning teams on a wide range of programmes including: An Island Parish – Shetland (BBC Two), My Life (CBBC), Footy Pups (CBeebies), The Apprentice: You’re Fired, (BBC Two), We Love Sitcom (BBC One), Britain’s Spending Secrets (BBC One), The World’s Most Dangerous Borders (BBC Two), Live From The BBC (BBC Three), Secret Life Of The Hospital Bed (BBC One), The Hip Hop World News (BBC Four), Muslims Like Us (BBC Two) and across the recent Black and British Season including Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC Two, pictured) and Roots, Reggae, Rebellion (BBC Four).

The programme delivers on commitments made in the BBC's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

Applications must be made through the BBC Careers site, where more information is also available. The programme is open for applications now and will close on 19 December 2016.

BBC Press Office