Channel 4 names 2016 the Year of Disability

ch4Channel 4 is launching a “year of disability” to increase representation of disabled people in broadcasting including a commitment to double the number of people with disabilities appearing in its 20 most high-profile shows such as Googlebox and Hollyoaks.

The initiative includes a £300,000 fund to foster new talent, some of which will be used to help support the careers of 20 disabled people working behind the camera in Channel 4’s biggest suppliers, and the channel will also ringfence half of its apprenticeships and 30% of work experience places for disabled applicants.

The year of disability will coincide with Channel 4’s broadcast of the Rio Paralympics later this year. In November, the channel revealed that Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte, who has cerebral palsy, will join the presenting team for the games.

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