Staff joining the BBC will be asked about their socio-economic background, as part of a bid to increase diversity at the corporation.
Candidates will be asked if they were entitled to free school meals, and if their parents attended university.
Anonymised job applications will also be extended for core roles.
The plans come after the BBC faced pressure from ministers to increase numbers of staff from under-represented backgrounds.
A BBC spokesperson said: “Almost half of our workforce is made up of women and the proportion of our workforce who are black, Asian and other ethnic minority is at an all-time high.”
“We’ll continue doing what works but also develop new and innovative ideas to do even better, and we’ll set this out in…our new diversity strategy today.”
A 2014 government report found that more than a quarter of senior BBC staff had attended public school.
The new diversity strategy includes:Recording socio-economic information from all new employees for the first time, if submitted voluntarily, including whether they went to state or private school, and if they are the first in their family to attend university.
Extending anonymised applications for the recruitment of all core roles – effectively removing candidates’ names and the universities they went to.
Increasing the number of apprentices from all backgrounds, including making sure at least 10% of apprenticeship places are taken up by people with disabilities.
Providing pre-application training to potential staff from under-represented groups, including guidance on preparing CVs and interview techniques.
Ensuring interview panels are diverse.
A BBC source added: “If we’re going to serve audiences even better and be the creative powerhouse for the UK at home and abroad, we need the best people working for us and a workforce that reflects the many communities that exist in the UK – that’s what these plans will ensure.”
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Source:: BBC Entertainment