BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production and distribution subsidiary, has appointed Yasir Mirza to the newly created post of Head of Diversity and Inclusion. Mirza will lead on devising and implementing a new strategy to improve representation across the business on and off-screen. He will report to HR Director Sardar.
Mirza joins BBC Studios from Channel 4, where he spearheaded a diversity strategy for the broadcaster encompassing its new out-of-London sites, its leadership coaching and communications to the public around diversity. Prior to this, Mirza led on diversity and inclusion for the global philanthropic organisation Open Society Foundations. Mirza also spent six years at Guardian News & Media as Head of Diversity and Inclusion.
Sardar said: “Driving diversity and inclusion both on- and off-screen is a clear priority, so that we can better serve our audiences and truly reflect modern Britain. We’re thrilled Yasir will be at the helm as we build on existing work to further embed diversity and inclusion into every facet of our culture.”
Mirza added: “I’m hugely excited to be joining BBC Studios. It’s an opportunity to work with teams of the highest calibre who make content for global audiences, and I’m looking forward to helping the business improve its representation of the world we live in today.”
Mirza takes up his role from mid-March 2020.