The latest event in the Radio Academy’s series of free Diversity & Inclusion webinars focused on Disability in Audio and Radio.
Building on the work started with the Race on Audio & Radio webinars in 2020, the Disability webinar shared the lived experiences of five Disabled colleagues working in broadcasting in the UK.
The purpose of the Academy’s Diversity & Inclusion 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.
The Disability in Radio & Audio event took place on Tuesday 2 February, and 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 unwell and couldn’t join us.
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 look 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 hoped to provoke thought that could lead to meaningful change in representation and opportunities for people with disabilities
The webinar was free and open to Radio Academy members and non-members alike, and is available to watch again now.