BBC and UK Arts Councils celebrate the work of disabled artists with Culture In Quarantine commissions

Twelve D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled professional artists based in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland have been commissioned to produce new film and audio works for BBC platforms this summer. The commissioning programme is part of BBC Arts’ Culture In Quarantine initiative, which has brought the arts into people’s homes during lockdown. The 12 new commissions will champion the work of disabled artists by helping them produce work when some may have been self-isolating, and provide a platform to explore their experiences of living through Covid-19. The programme was established in a…

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BBC helps advance women’s representation in world media

Over 100 organisations spanning industries including media, fashion, law and finance have voluntarily joined the BBC in a challenge to feature 50% women contributors in their own content, with results published today for the first time. The BBC’s 50:50 Impact Report 2021 reveals how 50% of those partners taking part in the challenge reached gender balance in March, which is up from 31% compared to when those organisations first joined the project. Organisations signed up to the 50:50 Project include Unilever, PWC, RTÉ, TVNZ, the Financial Times, ABC News (Australia),…

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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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