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The BBC has appointed L’Oréal’s diversity director to lead its on- and off-air diversity strategy.

In the newly-created role of diversity and inclusion director, Chinny Okolidoh will oversee on-air and production initiatives across the BBC and will work with department heads to ensure D&I is at the heart of the corporation’s activity and output.

Her remit spans representation, third-party and in-house commissioning guidelines, training programmes and progress metrics.

The role effectively covers ground previously in the remit of recently-departed director of creative diversity June Sarpong and diversity lead Miranda Wayland, who now works in a similar capacity at Amazon.

Okolidoh advises the British Beauty Council on diversity and inclusion has also held D&I responsibilities at ecommerce firm Depop and Standard Charter Bank.

She joins later this year and will report to the BBC’s chief people officer, once that role is filled.

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