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BBC Director Of Creative Diversity

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TV presenter and campaigner June Sarpong has been appointed the BBC's first director of creative diversity. 

Sarpong is known to viewers for appearing on Channel 4's youth strand T4, Loose Women and Sky News. 

She has also written two books on diversity issues and been a prominent advocate for change in the media and beyond. 

Director general Tony Hall said she would have "a wide remit to deliver change". 

Sarpong said: "I relish the challenge of working with senior leadership to make the BBC more inclusive and representative of the broad and diverse audience it serves." 

The BBC said she would set about "improving the BBC's on-air talent portrayal and commissioning". 

That will include making sure the BBC's commissioning guidelines "achieve real change", and creating "an open culture to support and develop new talent and content makers". 

Sarpong said she would find ways to "create systemic change". 

She added: "The task is indeed daunting, however being awarded the opportunity to help level the playing field for the next generation of diverse talent, makes the obstacles and discrimination I have personally faced throughout my own career all the more worthwhile." 

4 October 2019

David Walliams National Television Awards

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David Walliams is to replace Dermot O'Leary as host of the National Television Awards (NTAs). 

Walliams has been signed up by ceremony bosses for their 25th anniversary event in January and joked that, after previously being named Best TV Judge in 2015, 2018 and again this year, he is planning to make it a memorable night by also taking home some of the statuettes. 

He said:"I am thrilled to be the new host of the NTAs -- and will ensure I also win them all." 

The 48-year-old author was chosen to replace Dermot - who has stepped down after hosting the ceremony every year since 2010. 

Dermot confirmed in February he would not be returning to host the awards show. 

4 October 2019

New Russell T Davies Drama

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Years & Years singer Olly Alexander leads the cast of Russell T Davies’ 1980s-set drama Boys.

Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Tracy Ann Oberman, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells and Lydia West also star in the 5-part Channel 4 series charting the joy and heartbreak of four friends during a decade in which everything changed.

It’s 1981, the start of a new decade and Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin begin a new life in London. Strangers at first, these young gay lads, and their best friend Jill, find themselves thrown together, and soon share each other’s adventures. But a new virus is on the rise, and soon their lives will be tested in ways they never imagined. As the decade passes, and they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they’re determined to live and love more fiercely than ever.

Olly Alexander plays 18-year-old Ritchie Tozer, the family’s golden boy, though he is determined to keep his secrets from them.

Olly Alexander said: “I feel like the luckiest boy in the world to be a part of this project, I’ve been a fan of Russell T Davies ever since I watched Queer As Folk in secret at 14 years old. His work helped shape my identity as a gay person so I’m absolutely over the moon we’ll be working together. The script was amazing to read, I laughed and I cried a lot, it’s a privilege to be helping to tell this story and I’m so excited.”

Filming starts next week and the series will air on Channel 4 in 2020.

4 October 2019 


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