Disability in Audio and Radio

2 Feb 2021

Building on the work started with the ROAR webinars in 2020, the Disability webinar shared the lived experiences of five Disabled colleagues working in broadcasting in the UK.

This online event was hosted by Kate Monaghan, presenter of the BBC’s Ouch podcast. Kate was in conversation with:

  • Eshaan Akbar (BBC Radio 4 Extra Newsjack Unplugged / BBC Asian Network)
  • Loren Eley (Bauer Media)
  • Holly Keogh (Wireless)
  • Victoria Brignell (Producer, BBC Radio 4)
  • Char Bailey (from the Qmmunity Podcast) was unable to attend on the night, due to ill-health

The event was produced by Reelworld Radio Academy 30-Under-30 alumnus Darby Dorras (Somethin’ Else).

The event discussed the tremendous range of physical and mental conditions covered by the legal definition of disability, and looked at initiatives in place with major broadcasters and publishers that aim to reframe disability on-air and in the workplace.  Through sharing their own experiences, our contributors aimed to provoke thought that could lead to meaningful change in representation and opportunities for people with disabilities

This event was part of the Radio Academy’s Diversity & Inclusion series.  The purpose of the series is to provide a platform for discussion, where people can share their stories and experiences (both positive and negative) about working in the UK radio and audio sector.  The series aims to create an opportunity for contributors to suggest solutions and actions we can all take to make our industry a more welcoming and inclusive place.

Watch the webinar