Two BBC schemes to boost black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in broadcasting have been launched.
Six places are available on the Senior Leadership Development Programme, offering experience alongside BBC head Tony Hall and his leadership team.
The Assistant Commissioner Development Programme is seeking six candidates in comedy, drama, factual, daytime and children’s programming.
Lord Hall said the launch was an “important step”.
The move is aimed at helping the corporation to become more representative of its audiences.
“I want the BBC to be the first choice for talented people, whatever their background,” Lord Hall added.
“The launch of these two leadership programmes is an important step towards a more open broadcast industry. We’re working with some very exciting partners on this – and I’m convinced that together we’ll make a tangible difference.”
The successful candidates for the senior leadership scheme will be given 12 months of training alongside one of the BBC’s board members, including director general Lord Hall and James Purnell, director of strategy and digital.
The programme is open to people from both outside and inside the BBC, with successful applicants starting in January 2015. The aim is to encourage those selected to consider and apply for careers as senior leaders in the broadcast industry.
‘Range of voices’
BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore said of the assistant commissioner scheme that it was “crucial for the BBC and other broadcasters to broaden the range of voices and backgrounds at commissioning level”.
The successful candidates will go on a 12-month paid development programme, “to deepen their understanding of commissioning, and encourage them and others to put themselves forward for commissioning roles, at the BBC and elsewhere”.
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