In Next on 4, Channel 4 set out four core public purposes that motivate its programme commissioning decisions:
Disabled people have an important role to play in all of these, whether behind the camera or on screen.
On screen we aim to explore disability in new and surprising ways, to generate a wider debate of disability issues and bring new audience to the subject through programmes such as Comedy Lab: I'm Spazticus, The Doctor Who Hears Voices, Blind Young Things, Truly Madly Deeply and The Smallest People in the World
We actively encourage production companies to cast and employ disabled people, whatever the subject matter or programme genre, so that disabled people appear in everything from Big Brother to Shameless, from Deal or No Deal to Location Location Location.
Channel 4 monitors disability representation in programmes and on production teams. We've published two guides to help producers improve on-screen and off-screen diversity.
The Guide to Improving On-Screen Diversity and Guide to Improving Off-Screen Diversity, both available here.
We invest around £200k annually in training and support for disabled people who want to work in television, through initiatives such as the Diversity Production Training Scheme and broadcast series such as The Shooting Party.
4Talent is the gateway to all Channel 4's talent initiatives, helping creative people across TV, comedy, film, documentary, new media and radio find their way around the industry, develop their careers and realise their potential in multi-platform media.