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Poorer actors to appear in soaps; TELEVISION.

ITV is to offer work on Coronation Street and Emmerdale to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The broadcaster is aiming to create career opportunities for people from challenging circumstances seeking a career in television.

ITV will take part in the First Break programme to offer a demystifying introduction to TV for those lacking contacts in the industry.

Successful candidates will earn short, paid placements on ITV soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

The First Break project is led by organisation ScreenSkills, which aims to guarantee that the UK screen industry has access to the talent it needs.

Trish Brady, head of human resources at ITV Studios UK, said: "ITV has made a public commitment to improve society representation on screen, as well as increase diversity and inclusivity behind the scenes.

"Partnering with ScreenSkills on this important initiative is key to helping us get closer to ensuring our workforce represents our audience, it's a big goal but one we hope First Break will help us get even closer to fulfilling."

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:May 30, 2019
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