Make a Difference: Give A Laptop campaign helps raise £700,535

The BBC’s Make A Difference: Give A Laptop campaign has seen 17,645 devices donated since its launch on 7 January, with a further 30,000 devices pledged by businesses across England. Radio stations have been directing listeners to the local charities listed on the Make a Difference website for donations. Businesses, Trusts and Foundations from all over England have also been getting in touch to pledge devices, money and even data to those who need it most. And this is where the campaign is taking a turn… Chris Burns, Head of…

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BBC Launches Creative Allies Tool to promote the concept of allyship at the BBC, the creative industry and beyond

The BBC’s Creative Diversity Unit, led by June Sarpong has today launched the Creative Allies Initiative, which unites organisations inside and outside the creative industry to promote the concept of allyship. Tim Davie, Director-General of the BBC joins global leaders from sectors including business, media, fashion and the arts, who have all signed up as Creative Ally Champions.  Among these Champions are leaders and influencers from Bonnier Books UK, British Fashion Council, Burberry, The Business of Fashion, Clear Channel, Creative Industries Federation, Havas UK, LinkedIn UK, Sony Music, TikTok and…

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BBC announces unique partnership with The Earthshot Prize

The BBC will be the broadcast partner for The Earthshot Prize: A global environmental prize launched by Prince William. Taking inspiration from President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot which united millions of people around an organising goal to put man on the moon, The Earthshot Prize aims to incentivise change and help repair the planet by identifying evidence-based solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems. Every year for the next ten years, five one million-pound prizes will be awarded to those who make the most progress towards achieving the five ‘Earthshots’.…

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BBC reveals progress through its Diversity Commissioning Code of Practice

The BBC has published the second progress report on meeting its Diversity Commissioning Code of Practice, which highlights the investments and support that the BBC has implemented over the last year to help continue to build an increasingly diverse and inclusive organisation and output. It also reveals the progress the BBC has made when it comes to representing and authentically portraying the diverse communities of the whole of the UK. The Code of Practice was published in 2018 and puts diversity at the heart of the BBC’s commissioning processes and…

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BBC Radio & Music boosts its diversity commitments with £12 million of dedicated funding and new targeted initiatives

BBC Radio & Music has announced it is boosting its commitments to diversity and inclusion, with a clear goal to be the best organisation in the audio sector to work with and for, with an inclusive culture, diverse teams and representative programmes. As a first in the radio industry, BBC Radio is committing £12m of its existing commissioning budget over the next three years specifically towards diverse and inclusive content. This significant amount of money covers new programming commissioned by network radio and BBC Sounds from 21/22, open to both…

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