Deadline has seen an email sent to dozens of UK indies by Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s chief content officer, tasked with confirming to producers on all new shows that they have a “respect on work ethic”, less Naming at least one security contact and requiring all cast and crew to complete anti-bullying and harassment training before the cameras roll.
The blanket policy will cover all styles and is an update on the previous policy.
According to a BBC memo, contact details for the support helpline should be made available on all call sheets, and where filming involves scenes of an intimate nature, an intimacy coach should be involved.
Producers were told to contact their commissioning editor or genre director if they had “serious concerns about behavior on production”.
Where the show had already entered production, Indies were asked to “present”. [new guidelines] where still practical. “
Looking longer, Moore said the BBC is “working with employers and organizations across the industry to implement comprehensive measures to prevent unacceptable behaviour.”
“Like you, we find that the recent revelations of bullying and sexual harassment within our industry are completely unacceptable,” said Moore’s email, sent by the BBC to Working Indies several weeks ago.
“We are in active discussions with many of you about how we can work together to create a more inclusive and respectful culture for all. We are updating our guidance and the following for all new commissions We are taking steps to bring to a consistent standard of best practice across all of our productions.
Internally, the BBC follows an anti-bullying and harassment policy that outlines how to formally address issues and outlines how employees can get help. According to the BBC’s latest annual report, there were 58 bullying and four sexual assault cases last year, of which 48 were closed, nine were ongoing and five were withdrawn.
Moore’s email was sent months after the revelations to a UK citizen Guardian About this bulletproof Star noel clark, who was accused of inappropriate behavior by 20 women, a charge he denies.
Overcoming bullying, sexual harassment and wellbeing issues have been placed at the fore and center of UK industry’s priority list.
An app called Call It was recently forged by a group of freelancers to file anonymous complaints and last week, Film and TV charity launches 12-month campaign To tackle the mental health challenges facing the industry, which was supported by Moore and other UK broadcasting giants.
Meanwhile, broadcasting union Bectu and producers trade body Pact are currently negotiating working conditions in the drama space, with talks that members of Bectu have accused Pact of repeatedly delaying.
Deadline reached out to the BBC for comment.
Like you, we find that the recent revelations of bullying and sexual harassment within our industry are completely unacceptable. And we are in active discussions with many of you about how we can work together to create a more inclusive and respectful culture for all.
As both the producer and commissioner of content we are fully committed to ensuring that everyone working on production for the BBC feels safe and knows how to find support when they need it.
That’s why today we’re updating our guidance and taking the following steps for all new commissions to bring a consistent standard of best practice across all of our presentations:
For existing commissions, we are asking producers to apply any of the above where they are still practicable, if they do not already exist.
reporting concerns or complaints
If a company has a serious concern about behavior on a BBC production, you should contact your BBC commissioning editor or style director as soon as possible. The BBC cannot investigate a complaint on its own, as we are not the engager/employer, but we can point you to advice or other sources of information and agree on next steps when appropriate.
If someone working on a BBC production wants to worry about bullying or harassment that cannot be dealt with by their employer – for example, repeated behavior in multiple production companies, or where there may be internal conflict is – they can contact Ajay BBC honors at work To bring this to our attention. Our commitment to ensuring that people are treated with respect extends to the way we work with the manufacturers themselves. Anyone who wishes to express concern about the behavior of a BBC employee may also contact the same address.
In addition to the immediate changes we announced today, we are also working with employers and organizations across the industry to implement comprehensive measures to prevent unacceptable behaviors and achieve long-term sustainable improvement. We will be in touch as this work progresses.
I hope that together we can achieve meaningful change to make our industry a safer, more inclusive place for all.
With all the best wishes,
chief material officer