Deadline has seen an email sent by the BBC’s Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore to dozens of UK Indies, confirming to producers on all new shows that they have the appropriate “work” Respect the policy, name at least one security contact and all cast and crew will complete anti-bullying and harassment training before the camera rolls.
The blanket policy will cover all types and is an update of the previous policy.
According to the BBC memo, contact details for support helplines should be available on all call sheets, and where filming involves scenes of an intimate nature, an intimate coach should be engaged.
Producers were asked to contact their commission editor or style director if they had “serious concerns about production behavior”.
Where the show had already entered production, the Indies were asked to “introduce.” [new guidelines] Where it is still practical. “
In the long run, Moore said the BBC is “working with employers and organizations across the industry to implement broader measures to prevent acceptable behavior.”
“Like you, we find the recent revelations of bullying and sexual harassment in our industry completely unacceptable,” Moore’s e-mail, which was sent to the Indies, was leaked by the BBC several weeks ago.
“We are actively discussing with many of you how we can work together to create a more inclusive and respectful culture for all. We are updating our guidance and Introducing the following measures for all new commissions to bring consistent quality of best practice in all our productions.
Internally, the BBC adheres to a bullying and harassment policy that explains how to formally address issues and explain how employees can access help. Are According to the BBC’s latest annual report, there were four incidents of bullying and sexual harassment last year, of which 48 were closed, nine were released and five were withdrawn.
Moore’s e-mail was sent to a British national a few months after the revelations. Guardian in regards to Bullet proof Star Noel Clark., 20 women accused of inappropriate behavior, allegations they deny.
Overcoming bullying, sexual harassment and welfare issues, it has been placed at the center of the UK industry’s priority list.
An app called Call App was recently created by a group of freelancers to log anonymous complaints and, last week, The film and TV charity launched a 12-month campaign. To address the mental health challenges facing the industry, backed by Moore and other British broadcasting heavyweights.
Meanwhile, the Broadcasting Union Becto and Producer Trade Body Agreement are currently discussing working conditions in the drama space, negotiations that Becto members have repeatedly accused of delaying the deal.
The BBC has reached a deadline to comment.
Like you, we find the recent revelations of bullying and sexual harassment within our industry completely unacceptable. And we are in active dialogue with many of you on how we can work together to create a more inclusive and respectful culture for all.
As both content producers and commissioners, we are fully committed to ensuring that everyone working on productions for the BBC feels safe and knows how to get help if they need it. Be done
So today we are updating our guidelines and introducing the following steps for all new commissions to bring consistent quality of best practice in all our productions.
For existing commissions, we are asking producers to introduce any of the above where it is still practical, if they do not already exist.
Reporting concerns or complaints.
If a company has serious concerns about the BBC’s production behavior, you should contact your BBC Commissioning Editor or Style Director as soon as possible. The BBC cannot investigate a complaint itself, as we are not an employer, but we can refer you to other sources of advice or information and agree on further steps.
If someone working on a production for the BBC wants to raise concerns about bullying or harassment, which cannot be dealt with by their employer – for example, repeated behavior in multiple production companies , Or where there may be an internal dispute – they can contact Respect for the BBC at work. In order to get our attention, our commitment to making sure that people are treated with respect extends to the extent that we work with the producers themselves. Anyone wishing to raise concerns about a BBC employee’s behavior can contact the same address.
In addition to the immediate changes we have announced today, we are working with industrial employers and organizations to implement broader measures to prevent unacceptable attitudes and achieve long-term sustainable improvements. can go. We will stay in touch as this work progresses.
I hope that together we can make a significant difference in making our industry a safer and more inclusive space for all.
With all best wishes,
Chief Content Officer