As part of BBC Digital Cities, join BBC News’ Babita Sharma in conversation with Deborah Williams, Executive Director of the Creative Diversity Network, for a frank and lively appraisal of the TV sector’s latest race and ethnic diversity data.
In 2020, race, representation, and rising racial inequalities made global headlines and sparked a tidal wave response from the grassroots and big corps alike. In the UK, all major broadcasters announced multi-million-pound ‘diversity’ initiatives to accelerate the on and off-screen opportunities for people from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
As welcome and needed as these ring-fenced budgets are, just how will they impact the highly complex and intersectional barriers that exist for diverse talent accessing, and being retained in the media industry? And are they focusing their attention in the right areas?
Using CDN’s latest report from October 2020: Race and Ethnic Diversity: a deep dive into Diamond data, as the starting point, this session will look in particular at senior and creative off-screen roles to uncover the stories behind the stats, and the opportunities for change in an almost ‘post-Covid-19’ world.