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. Further, 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.

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

“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,” exclaimed Anna Mallett, Chief Operating Officer of BBC Studios. “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 is also ready to immerse herself in her new role adding, “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 mid-April. Congrats to Wayland and we’re sure she will be an integral part in the studios’ initiative to highlight diversity and inclusion!

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