Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Target time

A press release from the BBC yesterday...

BBC News is launching a £1 million scheme to recruit, train and develop journalists with disabilities, both visible and hidden, its Director of News James Harding announced today. 

Over the next year, twelve new positions will be created in BBC News’ Mobile and Online teams. The roles will range from broadcast journalists to assistant editors, with the successful applicants working across a wide range of content. The year-long scheme will include bespoke training and learning and at least half of the roles will become permanent at the end of the year. 

Is this new ? The Guardian in May last year report on a BBC News £1m scheme to recruit disabled journalists. Has it really taken that long to get off the ground ?

Employment statistics from BBC News up to December 2016 show 225 disabled staff out of a total of 6398. I make that 3.5%. That's short of the overall BBC target for 2017 of 5.3%.

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