The economic arguments for diversity came under the microscope at a lively joint RTS/BBC session held at New Broadcasting House last month. The panellists agreed that, following years of inaction, broadcasters are finally making an effort to boost black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation in television.
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 best of student television making was celebrated at the RTS Student Television Awards earlier this month.
Adam Buxton will present highlights of the awards, RTS Student Awards, tonight (Friday 19th June) at 7pm on Sky Arts.
A selection of the nominated films will also be broadcast in full on Sky Arts later this summer.
Many of the nominated films can be viewed on the RTS YouTube channel, or below
The extent of British broadcasters' new found commitment to diversity came under the spotlight at a packed RTS event provocatively entitled Diversity: Job Done?
A year ago the BBC Director-General Tony Hall unveiled plans for on and off screen BAME representation at the BBC and the setting up of new Independent Diversity Advisory Group.
Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, a member of the group who became disabled as a child, said there had been change at the BBC in how minorities are portrayed but more work needed to be done.
A year ago two things happened within a few weeks of each other. As the Chair of the RTS Diversity Committee, the two events will forever be linked. The first is a good friend died, the second is the BBC's Director General Tony Hall made a speech about diversity.
Let me start by telling you about the first.
The move will see a 10% increase in programming investment for the channel, which moves up the EPG to channel 121.
New one-off drama Birthday, adapted from Joe Penhall’s sell-out play, will air on Tuesday evening.
Stephen Mangan stars as Ed, a pregnant man waiting to give birth on an NHS maternity ward, accompanied by his high-flying executive wife (Anna Maxwell Martin).
The broadcaster has made a commitment to increasing high-quality arts programming across Europe.
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