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Move on Up at the Radio Festival

Increasing diversity in Radio

It is not only in the political arena that OBV seeks to address the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) derficit. BME representation in the media is also still at woefully low numbers, especially when you reach the higher echelons of the industry.

An illustration of this is last month’s Guardian Media Power list where only five BME movers and shakers made the Top 100, and all disappointingly in the bottom half.

It’s because of this we’ve partnered up with both Channel Four and the BBC to look at how we can ensure that BME talent within organisations can be promoted, and promising new talent discovered.

Please see the opportunity below that has been offered exclusively to OBV supporters, inform others and register yourselves!

There are only a few days left to register for Move on Up at the Radio Festival, in which black and ethnic minority radio professionals will have the opportunity of one to one meetings with top radio industry executives.Deadline for applications is Wednesday September 15th.

Radio 1 presenter Trevor Nelson and Director of BBC Audio & Music Tim Davie will open the event, which is organised by BECTU and the BBC under the auspices of the Radio Industry Diversity Group.

All the big commercial radio companies will also be taking part. Stuart Taylor, chief executive of GMG Radio ( Smooth Radio, Real Radio and Rock Radio ) will head a team of senior staff. Clive Dickens, chief operating officer of Absolute Radio will be joined by Travis Baxter, consultant and former MD of Bauer ( Kiss, Magic 105.4 and a host of stations around the UK). Global will also be there.

Move on Up aims to assist black and ethnic minority workers meet the people who can help your career in a contacts-driven industry and to assist employers to address under-representation of ethnic minorities in their workforce.

A number of workshops will run during the afternoon, including one on opportunities when parts of the BBC relocate to Salfor next year.

BECTU’s Black Members’ Committee chair Faisal Qureshi says: “We are delighted that the industry has responded so positively to this event – the line-up of executives participating on 20th October is astonishing in that so many very senior people will be participating. It really is a chance not to be missed for anyone serious about their career in radio.”

Click here for the (PDF) brochure showing which executives are attending, and click here for a form that can be filled in and emailed back accompanied by your CV. Don’t forget, the deadline is 15th September.

To answer any queries contact Teresa Debrou at BECTU on 020 7346 0900, email tdebrou@bectu.org.uk

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