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, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland; 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 Connect Radio. Up until summer 2017 he was a Trustee with the RNIB Group and is currently a Trustee with SHAPE, Performances Birmingham (which oversees the Symphony and Town Halls) and an Executive Member with the Audio Description Association. Vidar has also become a Board Member with The Birmingham Hippodrome and Leonard Cheshire Disability and also is currently Chair of the Wolverhampton Grand and Arena Theatres Joint Access Forum. 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.
In 2017 Vidar was awarded an honorary doctorate by Wolverhampton University and towards the end of 2018 he was invited to become a Visiting Professor of Media Inclusion and Diversity at Sunderland University.