Diversity Consultant, ITV News
Vidar Hjardeng MBE studied languages at Manchester University before completing a post-graduate Journalism course at London’s City University.
Now Diversity Consultant for ITV News across England, Wales and the Channel Islands; Vidar spent over 25 years working for ITV in the Midlands, much of that time as Editor/Executive Producer on political, religious and social action magazine programmes before joining the ITV News Senior Management team and for a number of years was a Consultant Producer with Channel 4’s daytime political programme produced by ITN.
In addition to being an Associate with the Business Disability Forum, Vidar is a motivational speaker, also delivering lectures at a number of universities and is a role model for the DWP’s ‘Fulfilling Potential Making It Happen’ Campaign.
Vidar has reviewed audiobooks for Radio 4 and publications including The Book Magazine, Disability Now and The Financial Times and reviews audio-described Theatre, Opera and Ballet performances for Insight Radio. He is a Trustee with the RNIB Group, SHAPE, Performances Birmingham (which oversees the Symphony and Town Halls) and an executive member with the Audio Description Association. In the past Vidar has also chaired the national audio-description charity VocalEyes, as well as Virgin Train’s Passengers’ Panel. Vidar currently chairs Birmingham New Street’s Access Forum as well as the Birmingham Hippodrome’s Access Forum.