Monitoring and research into how the UK television industry is represented, both off and onscreen, is hugely important to build future skills, and identify areas for improvement and potential barriers.
Figures just published from Creative Skillset’s Employment Census 2012 indicate a decline in the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups in the workforce across the creative media industries, including broadcast and production companies. You can read more about it here and download the full report.
The CDN will look at the data further with Creative Skillset with a view to understanding whether this issue relates to industry access or progression, or both, and in which specific areas of television. This will go to our new Industry Working Groups in Commissioning, Production and News.
Monitoring in the broadcast industry
An ongoing project looking at monitoring has been underway across the industry with PACT, Creative Skillset, BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky.
Silvermouse is the name of the system that Channel 4, ITV and Sky use to capture some of their diversity statistics, however the type of data all broadcasters capture, and ways we all seek to monitor, currently differ. All broadcasters are working to try to find a commonality across the way we all capture information and the diversity or equal opportunities questions we ask – a lot of scoping work has gone into this and it’s still a work in progress. We are working to align the collection methodology to workforce research by broadcasters and Creative Skillset where appropriate too.
PACT, representing indies, has been involved in all the discussions to date as the collection point of the monitoring data (in terms of staff on productions, casting, experts or contributors featured and also onscreen portrayal) is with independent production companies.
It’s a collaborative project and ambitious in scale with an end goal of standardising how we capture data. The aim is that in the future the CDN will be able to commission a pilot to benchmark diversity data across the industry. Our remit is to be very much an enabler of this rather than a regulator.