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Move on Up is a diversity project which has been run by BECTU since 2003.

LATEST PLANS: The next event Move on Up North at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, will take place on Wednesday 9 May 2012 and is aimed at black and minority ethnic TV professionals.  More details here; booking forms also attached to this page. Application deadline Monday 12 March.

The most recent event was Move on Up Radio and News held on Thursday 12 May 2011 held at BBC Broadcasting House, London.  More details here.

Move on Up logo and Trevor NelsonRadio 1 presenter, Trevor Nelson opened Move on Up Radio at the Radio Festival, Salford Quays, on 20 October 2010.

What's it all about?

The premise of Move on Up is simple: black and minority ethic workers are under-represented in the media and entertainment industries despite an available supply of skilled and qualified talent in these communities. What can BECTU do to help to correct this under-representation?

Networking

One answer to that question comes in the shape of Move On Up, a large-scale networking event which brings the talent, who include writers, technicians and producers, together with the people who make the decisions, senior management, commissioners, executive producers, HR professionals and many more.

Applicants bid for interviews with company representatives and have the opportunity to market themselves and their proposals. These interviews have provided the talent with valuable experience and interviewers have widened their knowledge of the available talent pool in readiness for formal recruitment opportunities.

To date, eight Move on Up events have been held:

  • Move on Up, Film and Television, London, 10 November 2003
  • Move on Up North, Film and Television, Manchester, February 2005
  • Move on Up Radio, London, October 2006
  • Move on Up News (organised in conjunction with the NUJ), London, September 2007
  • Move on Up Film and Television, London, October 2007
  • Move on Up Radio, Salford Quays, October 2010
  • Move on Up TV and Film, London, December 2010
  • Move on Up Radio and News, London,  May 2011.

Since 2003 these events have received tremendous support from more than 70 employers and industry bodies, particularly the BBC, and also from Channel 4, ITV, PACT, Skillset, and the RadioCentre. Individuals associated with the project have given generously in terms of time and commitment and have helped us to overcome the inevitable obstacles associated with a large project of this nature.

Essential funding for Move on Up has been provided by the Equal Fund via Skillset and the London Development Agency’s Creative London and Diversity Works for London schemes. The TUC, led by Brendan Barber and his equality team, have also provided valuable and continuous support for the project from its inception.

Achievements

From 2003 – 2007 across the five Move on Up events BECTU scheduled approximately 3,000 one-to-one meetings between almost 1,000 BME professionals and 400 industry executives.

BME professionals have moved on up in many areas of film and broadcasting, becoming presenters on national news channels, crew members on network television productions, staff or freelance workers in radio newsrooms and producers on shows including network television productions. Some have been commissioned to make film, television or radio programmes.

Radio Industry Diversity Group

As a result of Move on Up in Radio the union, in partnership with the industry, set up the Radio Industry Diversity Group, which in turn led to organising Move on Up in News and a campaign with the Student Radio Association to increase diversity within student radio. Fifty-five universities are participating and radio stations at the BBC and in commercial radio are supporting the campaign along with the TUC.

TUC Equality Award

Move On Up has been welcomed as an innovative approach to the challenges of achieving diversity and was awarded the TUC's Equality Award in 2004 and in 2006, the only union to have achieved this accolade twice.

Future Projects

BECTU is in regular discussion with its sister unions in the Federation of Entertainment Unions: Equity, the Musicians Union, the National Union of Journalists, the Writers Guild and the Professional Footballers Association, about ways to extend the success of Move On Up to other talent groups within the creative industries.

If you would like more information about Move on Up please email BECTU's Diversity Officer Janice Turner (who is also editor of the union journal, Stage Screen and Radio) or contact Janice by telephone on 020 7346 0900.

 Last page update 30 January 2012.

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