The team which has for a number of years produced the BBC’s disability affairs website Ouch! has this week become part of BBC News. This follows changes to BBC Learning, which has until now been its home department.

Ouch! website screengrab


Much of the Ouch! site will continue, including its blog and its talkshow podcast, and our intention is for the team’s coverage of disability issues to reach a much wider audience through stories and features appearing on the BBC News site. Ouch’s Damon Rose has explained here, however, why its messageboard will be closing.

BBC News already has a strong track record of covering disability issues, including the ‘Access All Areas’ coverage last year, and regular news stories on the site. We hope to continue to bring diverse disability stories and context to a broader audience while also maintaining a conversation with the disability community.

Over the coming weeks I will return here to highlight some of the new features the BBC News audience will be reading, thanks to our new colleagues.

Giles Wilson is the features editor of the BBC News website.


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