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Is TV Somewhere You Can Work If You Have A Disability?

September 23, 2020

Same Difference has been asked to publicise the following event:

Is TV somewhere you can work if you have a disability?


What is this panel session about?

The RTS Midlands Careers Fair will feature an incredible 24 hours of workshops, seminars and Q&As. From October 12 to October 15 the brightest and best talents from the TV world will give you all the best tips and tricks on how to get into the industry.

This session is entitled ‘Is TV somewhere you can work if you have a disability?’ and spoiler alert: the answer is yes! In this revealing discussion, five talented individuals from in front and behind the camera talk about the challenges they have faced and their journey to success. From the commissioning editor who oversees popular series such as Escape to the Country and Great British Menu to the man who deployed a Natural History Unit wheelchair user on a foreign shoot for the first time, this Q&A is all about saying ‘yes you can’.


When and where is it?

The Q&A panel takes place on Monday 12 October, 1.45pm, via Zoom. The session will be 45 minutes long. You can book onto it here.



Who is on the panel?


Martin Dougan – Newsround Presenter

The former captain of Glasgow’s wheelchair basketball team, Martin began his career as a presenter in 2012 after he was chosen to be a commentator for Channel 4’s Paralympics coverage. He joined BBC Newsround the following year, where he has become a firm favourite. Martin loves sport and travelling. He recently travelled to Fiji to report on climate change for a Newsround special and this will be airing later this month. He will host the panel Q&A.






Julie Shaw – BBC Commissioning Editor

Julie Shaw became part of the BBC Daytime and Early Peak commissioning team in March 2017, developing many new and established brands and overseeing their move into Peak.  She has been the commissioning editor of long-running series like Great British Menu, Escape to the Country, The Sheriffs Are Coming and Fake Britain. Before joining the BBC, Julie worked as a series producer/showrunner in current affairs and daytime programming, covering both studio, outside broadcasts and pre-recorded programmes.  She works to champion on and off-screen representation of under-represented groups.



Jay Francis – Freelance Online Editor

Jay started in television in Birmingham in 2001. Over the past16 years he worked his way up from an assistant, working for various production companies in the city, including Maverick Television, North One Television and the BBC. He became an Online Editor in 2014 and went freelance in 2016. Since then he has worked on popular shows like Snackmasters, Great British Menu and Michael Portillo’s Great Railway Journeys. He is currently working on Escape to the Country at Boundless West in High Wycombe.


Corie Brown – Channel 4 Continuity Announcer

Corie began her broadcasting career in local radio, moving to the BBC as a Continuity  Announcer in 1998.  She joined Channel 4 in 2001 and over time has become an ardent champion for change around Inclusion and Diversity.  Corie is a founding member and co-Chair of 4Purple, Channel 4’s disability ERG and is named on the Powerlist 100 2019 as one of the most influential disabled people in the UK.



Doug Mackay-Hope, NHU Executive Producer


In his role at BBC Studios Natural History Unit, Doug looks after shows as diverse as Looking for a Unicorn, Endangered with Ellen DeGeneres (Discovery Network), Secrets of Skin (BBC 4) and the 10 part series Animal Impossible. He is the former head of the NHU’s development department, creating numerous high-profile series including the BAFTA winning Big Blue Live, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur and helping develop the multi award-winning Blue Planet II and Seven Worlds, One Planet. He recently deployed the NHU’s



  How can I find out more about the RTS Midlands TV Careers Fair?

To find out more about the RTS Midlands Careers Fair click here.

To find out more about this panel session contact Jack Pitts on or 07834 845545.

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