Marcus Ryder: What the BBC White Paper means for diversity

Marcus Ryder

Thursday was an important day for diversity in the media as the government announced a White Paper which enshrined diversity in the BBC charter– but what it really means in reality will all be in the small print.

The Royal Television Society is a charitable organization whose remit is to encourage and celebrate the understanding of television and its related fields. As Chair of the Diversity Committee here is my guide as to what people should be looking out for in the coming months:


Britain's Got Talent's biggest winners

BGT, Britain's Got Talent, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell,

Who are the big winners from years past, and who is haunted by dreams of what could have been?


1. Susan Boyle


SuBo is undoubtedly the biggest act to come out of BGT in the past nine years,despite never actually winning the show. Going from a rocky start to absolutely wowing the judges at her audition, Susan has gone on to become one of the most well-known singers in the world.

Diverse TV: Television must be more reflective of society

Ade Adepitan at Channel 4 Diverse Festival

Speaking at Channel 4’s Diverse Festival, Adepitan claimed that a failure to provide audiences with diverse television talent would be a hindrance to the industry.

“My friends and I are watching less and less terrestrial TV because there are other places that are more representative,” added Adepitan, who said digital brands SBTV and Vice were doing a better job.

The Screen Film Summit gives online discount for RTS members

Screen Film Summit

The UK film industry will come under the microscope at the Screen Film Summit on Thursday 10 December. 

The RTS has teamed up with the Summit to offer our members 15% off the standard ticket price to the day-long event at the newly opened Picturehouse Central, in London.

The conference will help attendees discover how filmmakers can access investment and the opportunities available.

Dan Brooke’s TV diary

Back to work for a break after a week of bodyboarding, go-karting and Mine-crafting in southern Spain with my kids – Gus, 10, and Fordie, eight. They kept calling me a “nube”.  

I’ve no idea what this means, though urbandictionary.com says it is “someone so pitiful and idiotic that they have not even the meagre skills to be titled a noob”.  

The second top definition is: “The incorrect spelling of noob or newb. Only noobs spell this word as ‘nube’.” Noof said. Lol. Sorry, Lool.

Development scheme aims to boost number of BAME commissioners

The cohort all have a rich background in the media. They include former CBBC presenter Marvyn Benoit who is now at Sky factual and Ninder Billing who is working in factual at Channel 5. Billing was previously an Executive Producer for a CBBC programme, which has recently been nominated for an RTS award.