Magazine article Screen International

Ofcom Report Lays Bare TV Diversity Failings

Magazine article Screen International

Ofcom Report Lays Bare TV Diversity Failings

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Regulator takes aim at UK’s five major broadcasters.

Ofcom has taken aim at the five major British broadcasters for “failing” to represent the diverse make-up of the UK (reports Broadcast).

In a landmark diversity report published today, the watchdog revealed that women, ethnic minority groups and disabled people are under-represented in the workforces of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Viacom.

Ofcom chief executive Sharon White said achieving equal representation was “crucial” for the broadcasting industry.

“By drawing on the best and brightest talent across all our communities, broadcasters can deliver even better programmes that genuinely reflect our rich and diverse society,” she said. “This report reveals just how far there is to go, and where clear action is required.”

White singled out the BBC for falling short and claimed, as the national broadcaster, it should “lead the way” in diversity. …

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