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15 February 2011

Broadcaster Trevor Nelson will join the controllers of the BBC’s national radio stations and about 70 top radio industry and broadcast news executives at the next Move on Up diversity event.

This heavyweight line-up will gather at the BBC’s Broadcasting House on Thursday 12 May 2011 to hold one-to-one meetings with black and minority ethnic (BME) media professionals.

The organisers expect more than 600 meetings to take place on the day. The deadline for applications is Friday 4 March. NB: Deadline extended to Friday 25 March.

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BBC, ITV, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Bauer, Absolute and many more ...

More than 30 BBC executives will attend from national and local radio stations along with production and administration personnel. For commercial radio, Bauer and Absolute Radio lead the field and will be joined by top independent production companies.

Steve Mitchell, deputy director of BBC News and Mary Hockaday, head of newsroom will lead a team representing BBC News.  ITV News - represented by editor, Deborah Turness and managing editor, Robin Elias -  will join Sky News and Al Jazeera.

Move on Up was devised by media and entertainment union BECTU as a practical response to the under-representation of BME workers in film and broadcasting, a greatly casualised industry in which many people advance through informal recruitment practices and networking.

At the centre of the programme are hundreds of pre-arranged meetings between BME professionals and industry executives which provide the kind of access which would otherwise not be possible.

The event on 12 May is organised by BECTU in partnership with the BBC and the Cultural Leadership Programme and is the eighth in the series first launched in 2003.

Move on Up has won the enthusiastic support, not only of black professionals but also of the broadcasting industry as employers embrace the opportunity to meet talent which previously flew beneath their radar.

Full workshop programme

A substantial workshop programme will run alongside the individual meetings on 12 May. BBC News Channel’s Clive Myrie and Asian Network colleague, Rozina Sini, will discuss their career progression, while Clive Dickens, chief operating officer of Absolute Radio, will give his views on the future of radio.

ITV News will hold a screentesting workshop; radio independents Whistledown and Ladbroke will run workshops on programme making and indie production. Another BBC workshop will provide an insight into management. 

Move on Up organiser, Janice Turner, commented: “We are delighted that BBC Audio and Music has invited Move on Up into the home of BBC Radio. BME professionals will be meeting an all-star cast of radio industry and broadcast news executives and we hope that the contacts they make and the information they gain will prove useful.”

Download the brochure for the list of executives, the workshop programme and an application form. Applications can also be submitted on the emailable form.

The deadline for all applications is Friday 4 March. NB: Deadline extended to 25 March.

Amended 15 March 15.30 to reflect extension to deadline for applications.