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Broadcasters in UK Commit to Doubling Number of Hired Persons with Disabilities by 2020

Broadcasters and ministers have committed to doubling the number of people with disabilities involved in television by 2020 to make the industry “more inclusive”.
The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky have backed plans to increase the percentage of disabled employees from the current 4.5%.

The Government is supporting the scheme, with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) engaging in raising the proportion of disabled staff on screen and behind the scenes closer to the national level of disability, which stands at around 18% of the population.

Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people, said: “Broadcasters should represent their diverse audiences, not only as employers but also through improving representation on our screens.

Source: Independent