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BBC Studios appoints new diversity lead

BBC Studios has appointed Miranda Wayland to lead its diversity strategy and ensure the production unit’s people and productions continue to “reflect and represent” the UK.

Wayland joins BBC Studios from ITV, where she was instrumental to defining their diversity strategy, increasing on and off screen representation and introducing highly effective initiatives that supported key business objectives. Through her involvement with Creative Diversity Network (CDN), Wayland has experience working with the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, and independent production companies to make progress across the sector.

The new role will report directly to Tunde Ogungbesan, the BBC’s head of diversity and inclusion.

Anna Mallett, chief operating officer of BBC Studios said: “I’m delighted to welcome Miranda to BBC Studios at this exciting time. Diversity is really important to BBC Studios; it drives our creativity and story-telling and ensures we properly reflect and represent our audiences. We want BBC Studios to be as accessible as possible and recruit and retain brilliant, creative, diverse talent who are inspired to do their best work.”

Wayland added: “I’m really excited to be joining BBC Studios at this significant time, as it launches commercially. I’m looking forward to working with the team to build on their existing diversity strategy and activity to ensure even better representation both on and off screen.”

Wayland joins BBC Studios in the middle of April.