diversity

Riz Ahmed joins Channel 4 in calls for improved diversity

Channel 4 has reaffirmed its commitment to diversity in its new ‘Diversity Charter 360° - Two Years on.’

The charter, which builds on the channel’s work over the past years, outlines four key areas for the broadcaster in 2017.

The ‘Four New Frontiers’ for 2017 aim to increase diversity of programme directors by providing opportunities to 40 directors from under-represented groups, including BAME, female and disabled people, as well as actively enhance the careers of 10 high-potential BAME individuals to improve representation as senior levels.

Creative Diversity Network awards open for entries

Broadcasters and presenters can submit entries through the Creative Diversity Network Awards website.

The CDN Awards are designed to celebrate diversity and acknowledge outstanding work both on and off-screen.

The awards provide a great opportunity to highlight some of the most creative, diverse programming on air over the last two years and showcase exciting breakthrough talent or initiatives.

The deadline for entries is Friday 10th March.

BBC News launches recruitment scheme for journalists with disabilities

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BBC News’ Mobile and Online teams will create twelve new positions across a wide range of content for people with disabilities, including broadcast journalists and assistant editors.

The scheme will include bespoke training and a mentoring programme, and at least half of the roles will become permanent at the end of the year.

Information about how to apply will be available shortly on the BBC Careers website.

Was 2016 TV's defining year for diversity?

For many people who believe in diverse, multiracial societies, 2016 was a year of profound political setbacks. But, paradoxically, it may also go down as the year in which British television finally embraced real and permanent change in how it deals with diversity.

As we begin a new year, many influential voices are convinced that TV’s decision-makers are now determined to move towards a genuinely diverse workforce. They also hope to see big improvements in the on-screen ­representation of people from marginalised groups.

Creative Access places 700th intern

Lenny Henry with some of the 2016 Creative Access interns (Credit: Creative Access)

The organisation, which sets out to “change the face of media” has made a major impact on the creative industries in the UK since its launch in 2012.

CEO for Creative Access, Josie Dobrin explained the need for the programme, saying “The economic rationale for Creative Access is clear: our sector needs to diversify in order to continue to grow and succeed in serving new markets and new audiences.”

Creative Access has placed 700 young BAME candidates in six-month or year-long internships in over 260 different companies including BBC, ITV and Twitter.

Channel 4 unveils new look All 4 and new commissions

Mitchell & Webb head Back to 4

At the broadcaster’s Upfront 2017 event, they announced a brand new comedy series from Peep Show writer Simon Blackwell, to star David Mitchell and Robert Webb; named the first celebrities to take part in this year’s The Jump; and promised a massive content investment increase for 2017 on All 4

The stars of Peep Show Mitchell and Webb are returning to Channel 4 in Back.

Ofcom to launch annual diversity monitoring scheme

Ofcom's Sharon White at the RTS Cambridge Convention 2015 (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The move was announced by Sharon White, the regulator’s CEO, speaking in London at a debate on diversity organised by Ofcom and Sky.

White said: “We will be looking at diversity data across the broadcasters we regulate helping us to get the most comprehensive picture yet of how well each broadcaster is doing.

“This is an important step towards greater transparency and greater accountability.”

Ofcom aims to collect a range of information regarding the diversity of people employed by broadcasters and gauge what steps are being taken to monitor diversity.

Ofcom's Sharon White to tackle the lack of diversity in television

Breaking Boundaries: Diversity in Broadcasting will bring together industry leaders from across the UK’s broadcasting and creative sectors to discuss what the industry can do to reflect Britain’s diverse nature both on and off screen.

In addition to the keynote address from the Ofcom chief, Sky News’ Anna Botting will be chairing a panel discussion with speakers including Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham.