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The BBC is to recruit two assistant commissioners who will support disabled talent as part of this year’s assistant commissioner scheme.

Applications have opened for seven 12-month positions, including two London-based roles for people with disabilties, who will work with the commissioning team to spot and nurture deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent TV talent – one in unscripted and one in scripted.

The other five will be based in the nations and regions, including a Northern Ireland assistant commissioner specialising in animation within children’s and education.

The BBC aims to recruit from each of the four nations for the remaining roles, all of which will be placed within factual departments and will commission for both network and national commissions.

The positions build on the corporation’s Across the UK strategy, which has already increased the number of commissioners based in the nations and regions from 17 to 24.

Recently-appointed director of talent, commissioning, Dawn Beresford, said:

“These fresh, new voices from the Nations & Regions and deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent talent pool will strengthen the BBC’s commissioning talent pipeline.

"We want to find and nurture talent from a wider base and to create exciting opportunities within commissioning across BBC content.”

Further details of the roles and the application process can be found here 

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