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CDN Commissioner Development Programme update

The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) today announces an exciting pan-industry initiative to bring a new range of fresh creative voices to the commissioning process, with the aim of broadening the diversity of both commissioners and content.

At least one high level training placement per broadcaster will be created across ITV, Channel 4, Sky and the BBC, providing a unique opportunity for experienced media professionals to influence programme content and production, within the UK’s leading commissioning broadcasters. Each placement will be full time and will last for one year and will encompass a structured training programme supported by Creative Skillset’s TV Skills Fund.

Participating broadcasters are collaborating on the project along with Creative Skillset through the CDN, and will be looking for outstanding candidates with considerable media experience, who want to develop their understanding of commissioning. Applications will be invited from people with a strong track record in television production as well as other areas of the creative industries and digital services. Applications‎ will be encouraged from under-represented groups, particularly those with BAME [Black Asian or Minority Ethnic] backgrounds or those with a disability.

A CDN Spokesman said, “Across the participating broadcasters, we are looking for confident people who believe they can help contribute to reaching new audiences in new ways. This will be an opportunity for people with a talent for spotting great ideas and delivering excellent content to gain high quality on-the-job experience, working with some of the top programme commissioners in the country and getting to the heart of decision-making”.

Creative Skillset will be inviting companies to tender for the role of service provider in November, with a view to applications for placements being open in January 2015 and placements to begin in March 2015.