New post looks after diversity at the Beeb

The BBC’s director of television, Jana Bennett, has appointed an editorial executive in charge of diversity to oversee the way BBC channels represent the audiences they serve.

Mary FitzPatrick, a former BBC programme maker, is filling the position.

She leaves her post as Channel 4’s editorial manager of cultural diversity.

Bennett said: “The creation of this important new role reflects our commitment to putting audiences at the heart of what we do at the BBC.

The appointment forms part of the BBC’s Creative Future initiative which aims to deliver more value to viewers.

“We need our programmes to reflect fully and accurately the diversity of the UK population,” added Bennett.

Last week the corporation confirmed Mike Hapgood as the head of regional and local programmes at BBC South East. Hapgood joined the BBC in 1981 as an education producer, where his main claim to fame was discovering Five Live presenter Simon Mayo.

He subsequently took charge of the celebrations of BBC Local Radio’s 20th anniversary, before moving to Radio Solent as programme organiser. He later became managing editor of BBC Radio Bristol and in 1998 he moved over to be managing editor at BBC Southern Counties Radio.

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