Written By: Ben Endley | 2/2/16
THE BBC is set to offer writing jobs on its top drama shows exclusively to candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds, women and the disabled.
The successful applicants will not need any experience in the industry and will be mentored by national head of drama Polly Hill. The opportunities will be limited to female candidates, those with disabilities and those from black, Asian or other ethnic minority backgrounds.
BBC head of drama (North) Hilary Martin said: “Assistant script editor is a role that sometimes gets squeezed but it is a really important role to learn your craft and one we feel could be a really amazing jumping-off point for diverse talent.”
After a one-year fixed-term contract, the editors – one based in London and the other in Salford, Glasgow, Birmingham or Cardiff – are likely to be given the chance to progress.
Ms Martin said: “This is a new opportunity for new talent to break into the BBC and grow a career.”
The BBC had been criticised by Conservative MP Philip Davies over its “racist” hiring policies. Speaking in 2014, the MP for Shipley, West Yorks, said: “The true racists are people who see everything in terms of race when what we should surely be is colour blind.
“It is racist policy to get a certain amount of people from an ethnic minority into jobs.
“If I have a white, working class constituent who wants that opportunity, why should they be deprived because of these politically correct targets?”