Magazine article Screen International

Ed Vaizey to Probe Diversity Stats

Magazine article Screen International

Ed Vaizey to Probe Diversity Stats

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Ed Vaizey, minister for UK Culture, Communications and Creative Industries is calling on senior figures in TV, film and arts to explain the lack of diversity in their industries at a ministerial roundtable next week.

Fresh analysis of Skillset census data has shown that between 2004 and 2006, the reported number of black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals (BAME) in the UK television industry rose by 81% - whereas in the six years between 2006 and 2012 there was a 31% decline.

In an invitation for the event, being held next Wednesday (Jan 22), Vaizey said that specific measures must be put in place to improve the situation.

"I would like to hear from you about the barriers to BAME individuals entering and progressing within your industries, your experience of what works in overcoming those barriers, and what more you think the industry could do, working together, to increase BAME representation," he said.

The Creative Skillset Employment Census, published on July 12, 2013, showed that almost 2,000 BAME people have left the industries since 2009 - reducing the representation to just 5. …

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