BBC Studios has appointed Channel 4′s Yasir Mirza to head of diversity and inclusion, the studio’s newly created post focused on improving representation on- and off-screen.
Mirza (pictured), reporting to human resources director Jabbar Sardar, will take the lead on devising and implementing a strategy to support diversity and inclusion across the business.
He was appointed head of inclusion and diversity at Channel 4 in 2018. In that role, Mirza spearheaded a diversity strategy for the broadcaster encompassing its sites outside London, leadership coaching and communications to the public around diversity.
Prior to this, he led diversity and inclusion for global organization Open Society Foundations.
Mirza also spent six years at Guardian News & Media as head of diversity and inclusion, working closely with journalists to deepen the diversity of content, representation, and devising a more inclusive organizational culture. He wrote extensively for the publication on diversity in the media.
“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,” Sardar said in a statement.
Mirza takes up his role from mid-March 2020.