Survey looks at impact of diversity initiative

Survey looks at impact of diversity initiative

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Diversity campaign group The TV Collective reports on people's experience in the industry

A survey by diversity campaign group The TV Collective has found that 83% of people believe recent diversity initiatives will not make a difference to the industry. 

Last year, TV and film in the UK introduced a range of initiatives to improve diversity both on and off screen with broadcasters such as BBC, Sky and ITV implementing new measures.

The purpose of the poll, taken by 170 people, was to investigate the impact the diversity drive had on those from varied backgrounds and highlight problems that may still occur. 

The TV Collective, an organisation aiming to support diverse talent in the media announced the results of the survey at this week’s RTS Diversity: Job Done? event.

64% of respondents stated that there have been no added opportunities to progress their career since the diversity drive.

One respondent said that while broadcasters implemented more schemes, it didn’t translate into more jobs, while another argued that they "are done on a piecemeal basis – there’s no follow-through and no consistency".

47% of people, however, have had more meetings to discuss potential projects and work. One respondent said: "I have had approximately 10 weeks more bookings than last year."

Simone Pennant, Director at The TV Collective, said that while positive change is happening, it is not necessarily a direct result of the diversity push, rather an "acknowledgement that things can't stay the same".

She added: "The overall feeling is that there has been a lot more talk than action. Many still feel quotas and ring fence funding is still the fastest and most effective way forward."

Read more about the TV Collective survey results here and watch highlights from Diversity: Job Done? 

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Diversity campaign group The TV Collective reports on people's experience in the industry