BBC announces major mental health season in turbulent times

Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May 2020) this year falls in unprecedented times – the nation is coming to terms with isolation and uncertainty and the UK is facing an unknown future. To mark the week, the BBC is curating a range of programming across TV, Radio and Digital that will transmit throughout the month of May. It is estimated that in the UK one in four of us will have some sort of mental health issue in our lifetime, and the BBC has a long commitment to showing impactful and…

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BBC One’s The Big Night In raises £67,110,010 for charities

It has been announced on The One Show that the new total raised from The Big Night In is £67,110,010. £47m of this figure will be split between Children in Need and Comic Relief, who will use these funds to support many charities and projects helping vulnerable people of all ages across the UK. At 10pm last night the amount raised during the show stood at £27,398,675 but donations continued to come in overnight taking the total to £33,555,005. The UK Government pledged to match everything raised on the night,…

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BBC launches new film to demonstrate its role as a public service broadcaster in a time of national crisis

At a time when the UK is facing an unprecedented crisis, the role of the BBC as a public service broadcaster which helps keep the country informed, educated and entertained, has never been more important. The film from BBC Creative, which is launched today, demonstrates that even though we are physically further apart than ever before, the BBC is helping us create shared experiences and emotions that will bring us closer as a society when we need it most. Whether it’s through BBC News providing accurate and impartial information to the…

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BBC charities to celebrate the UK’s community spirit and resilience with ‘The Big Night In’ on BBC One

The BBC is celebrating the acts of kindness, humour and the spirit of hope and resilience that is keeping the nation going during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic with a special night of programming for BBC One. The Big Night In will see the BBC’s biggest charitable partners, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief, coming together for the very first time for a special night of television. The live show, produced by BBC Studios Entertainment, will offer some light relief and entertainment, whilst celebrating and rewarding those going the extra…

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BBC announces major commitment to boosting disability representation on and off screen in 2020

The BBC have unveiled a new series of measures – unveiled on International Day of People with Disabilities – to create new opportunities, to see more disabled people working on some of the BBC’s biggest programmes, and help disabled staff to move around and up the BBC more easily. We will be: Creating job opportunities with BBC Elevate, an initiative to give disabled people with some industry experience the chance to work and gain further experience on flagship BBC shows, including Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice EastEnders, Holby, Call The Midwife,…

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