Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Shine on

Project Diamond, launched today formally at the Edinburgh TV Festival by the broadcasters' Creative Diversity Network (CDN), aims to capture the ethnic groupings of those working on programmes commissioned by the BBC, ITV, Channel Four and Sky.

They've promised to publish first data in 2017, as a benchmark, but already one of the unions is unhappy about lack of transparency. BECTU want to see figures published for programmes, by series, broadcast in peaktime with more than 50 employees. They say the Arts Council of England already does something similar, and unless the union hears from the CDN soon-ish, there's unfortunate talk of a boycott.

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