media diversity

Why black lives have to matter more in the TV industry

Director Steve McQueen on the set of BBC One’s forthcoming 1970s drama Small Axe (credit: BBC)

Another day, another Black Lives Matter protest. Another day, another testimony by a black figure in the industry about all the direct and systemic racism they have faced working in the industry. Another day, another statement by a British broadcaster about how it is responding to the current crisis.

When I was first approached by Television to write this piece, the brief was simple: go through recent events, assess the different policy initiatives the industry has announced and offer a prediction as to whether this would lead to lasting change.