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Industry Working Groups gear up for further round of meetings, ahead of the CDN CEO Meeting in February

As part of our mission to take joint responsibility for action on diversity, the CDN CEO group approved a new model for governance, based on cross-industry Working Groups under the CDN banner, to roll out over 2013 and 2014.

In 2013 we appointed these Working Groups in the specific areas of Commissioning, Production and News, and the groups went underway in a series of first meetings in the last quarter of 2013 to identify shared priorities that are specific to their areas in a bid to gain some traction around the diversity agenda.

Further meetings are now in the diary for January or have happened, ahead of the CDN CEO Meeting in early February.

This is one of the most significant changes in the way the CDN is operating now. A shared set of priorities that are owned and delivered by those who make senior decisions within the industry is an important step forward in bringing the industry together and moving this agenda forwards.

The aim of these Industry Working Groups is for senior leaders to discuss the issues across the diversity agenda in their area, and to propose medium and long-term priority areas that are shared and agreed.

The priorities identified by the groups, and any proposals they suggest as possible industry commitments, will go the CEO’s CDN Meeting in February for approval. The commitment will then be for the industry to focus on these priorities – enabling progress to be made.

The Commissioning Working Group is chaired by Aaqil Ahmed (Commissioning Editor and Head of Religion and Ethics, BBC), the News Working Group is chaired by Michael Jermey (Director of News and Current Affairs, ITV), and the Production Working Group is chaired by John McVay (Chief Executive, PACT).

These groups are part of a joint effort to tackle the issues of diversity in a practical, focused way, signalling direct engagement at a very senior level right across the industry.

Chair of the CDN, ITV Chief Executive Adam Crozier said,

“Getting senior people around the table, who have the authority to make change happen on diversity, both on and off screen, is an important step forward in bringing the industry together to make long term impact and I’m pleased we’re able to facilitate that. I’ve been incredibly impressed by the engagement and shared commitment to change coming out of these groups.”