Disabled people still under-represented in TV

The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) and Creative Skillset have called for the TV industry to improve the representation of disabled people in television.

According to Creative Skillset's workforce survey, released in May, the proportion of disabled people in television is still much lower than in the economy as a whole and has not improved for 10 years.

Just 5% of those who work in TV consider themselves to be disabled, compared with 11% of the wider working population.

Comprising over 1,100 respondents, the poll is the largest survey of skills and training issues of individuals working across television.

John McVay, Chair of the Creative Diversity Network and CEO of indie trade body Pact, said the TV industry can't afford to miss out on such talent.

"Although we still have work to do to get more BAME people into TV, I'm determined that CDN will also be at the forefront of the drive to attract more disabled people."

The results differed by sub-genre with the news sector employing a higher proportion (7.2%) of disabled people than factual (3.5%).

It also revealed that those with a disability earned £2,440 less than the industry average.

Read more about the Creative Skillset's Workforce Survey results here.