BBC launches scheme to get women into tech careers

A new scheme from the BBC will enable women looking to move into a career in software engineering to gain the skills they need to do so, as applications open today for this year’s Step Into Tech scheme. Following a hugely successful pilot last year, the scheme aims to help increase the number of women working in the technology sector – which has been to date dominated by men. It has been designed for women who may be returning to work after a break, college leavers and career changers. The…

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BBC announces major pan-BBC Mental Health season

The BBC has announced a major new pan-BBC Mental Health season with content across network and regional television, national and local radio and digital platforms. Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week, this season demonstrates the BBC’s ongoing commitment to shining a light on mental health issues and how they affect individuals and society today. Millions of people are affected by mental illness; it is estimated that one in six people in the past week have experienced a common mental health problem. Many more of us will know someone who has been…

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BBC and Arts Council England partner for new talent development scheme

Five hundred artists will be commissioned to make fresh and innovative short films, audio and interactive works in a new talent development scheme being launched by BBC Arts and Arts Council England. New Creatives will give artists aged 16-30 the chance to develop their technical and creative skills and have work commissioned for BBC platforms. The programme will particularly focus on giving opportunities to young artists from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the arts and broadcasting. Commissioned artists will be encouraged to push creative boundaries, reach new audiences and…

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BBC Four announces new programmes that celebrate British diversity

BBC Four has announced a season of new programmes that celebrate British diversity and explores the secret tribes and communities that have helped shape modern British history. The new programmes which will air on BBC Four across February include A Very British History, a new series unpacking the untold stories of communities across the UK, a series of monologues produced in collaboration with Sir Lenny Henry and The Young Vic, Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle, new contemporary dance piece titled Windrush: Movement Of The People by Phoenix Dance Theatre that…

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Angelina Jolie joins BBC News project for children

The BBC, joined by Angelina Jolie as executive producer, will pilot a global English-language current affairs programme for children in 2019, Our World. It will include ten episodes of a weekly programme. Angelina Jolie says: “There has never been a time when it was more important to introduce the next generation to objective, impartial news and factual explanation of the events and issues shaping our world. Children today are exposed to a lot of opinion, but not necessarily to information that is fact-based and reliable. “As a mother, I am…

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