Diamond, the new industry-wide diversity monitoring system will be going live in 2016. At a time when challenges on diversity are growing in prominence, Diamond will allow us to answer the key questions “Who’s on TV?” and “Who makes TV?” with greater confidence and precision than ever before. Diamond is a ground-breaking project: as far as we know no other broadcasting industry in the world has developed a cross industry approach where competing broadcasters collect and publish diversity data together.
Work on Diamond is well under way involving the BBC, C4, ITV, Sky, CDN, Pact and Creative Skillset. Over 100 people across the industry are working on the project including technical experts, lawyers, data security experts and trainers. The Diamond system, which uses the Silvermouse platform, has now been built and the software is being tested. Once the system is live CDN will publish regular reports so the industry can be completely transparent about how well it’s doing on diversity.
Diamond will go live in the first half of 2016. Once it’s live, people working on or off screen on all UK-originated productions will be asked to enter information on their gender; gender identity; age; ethnicity; sexual orientation and disability into the Diamond monitoring system. The quality and usefulness of the data depends on contributors, crew and production staff being encouraged to share their data – without it we won’t get an accurate diversity picture of the industry. Production companies will enter information about the perceived diversity characteristics of on-screen characters and contributors. Published Diamond reports will be anonymised and no individuals will be identifiable from them.
Training for production company users will begin in January 2016, with face to face training for around 1500 people across the nations and regions plus e-learning and guidance notes. To find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org.