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June's Best of Broadcast News

June's Best of Broadcast News's monthly round-up of the best recruitment, training, diversity & inclusion initiatives in the UK Broadcast industry.

Pride Month

Virgin Radio Pride UK

As part of the Pride Month celebration, Virgin Radio UK have launched ‘Virgin Radio Pride UK’, a dedicated station for the LQBTQ community.  The station that will air from June 7th until mid-September will feature Pride festivals across the UK, to either share the events, or help in replacing the events that have unfortunately been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Virgin Radio Pride UK have also partnered with multiple charities such as Food Chain (charity helping those living with HIV with nutrition), Shout (Mental Health Charity), the UK Aids Memorial Quilt Partnership, All about Trans and The Log Books podcast. All charities will feature in the stations programme and documentaries will be presented addressing topics on bisexuality, the influence LGBTQ+ communities have had on shaping dance music, as well as multiple discussions on various LGBTQ+ issues, such as Tran’s rights, gay adoptions and HIV.

Diversity and Inclusion

ITV makes 2022 journalism trainee apprenticeship opportunity exclusive to disabled candidates

To enhance their diversity and inclusion initiatives, ITV Anglia are taking positive steps to boost the representation of disabled employees. As part of the recruitment strategy for their 2022 journalism trainee apprenticeship, ITV Anglia have advertised exclusively for disabled candidates, where candidates who declared a disability and met the minimum requirement criteria will be invited to an interview. Applications closed on 20th June, and following assessments in October, the successful candidate will start the 9-month apprenticeship in January 2022.

Black to Front with Channel 4

The Black to Front project is a dedicated day in September where Channel 4 devotes the entire programming schedule to black talent, their stories and amplifying their voices. To demonstrate their commitment to promoting diverse programming, and improving black representation on and off-screen, they aim to commission 100% black representation behind the camera on all shows featuring on the Black to Front day. Channel 4 are also committing to enhance the representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in all departments, including editorial, technical and production. To ensure that these initiatives are achieved, they will measure the representations of team’s pre and post the Black to Front project. The data will be published for the industry to see where there are skill shortages and to inform policy moving forward.

Amazon Studios releases DE&I policy and ‘playbook’

Following two years of development, Amazon Studios have released their DE&I policy and ‘playbook’ outlining their hiring and purchasing guidelines to ensure representation across all aspects of production. In the playbook, they specify many commitments and goals, such as highlighting how most productions should “ideally include a minimum 30% women and 30% members of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group”, with the “aspirational goal” rising to 50% in 2024. Amazon Studios have also set mandatory requirements to their creative partners to report back on their progress an ensure collaboration.