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Pilot study: How diverse is mainstream TV?

Just how well does mainstream television do in the diversity stakes? To answer this Channel 4 commissioned a survey in 2009 which provided a snapshot of peak time viewing examining the on-screen representation of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality and age. C4 Cumberbatch Pilot Study

Serving All Ages

The BBC, in partnership with the CDN, commissioned research into the attitudes of audiences on ‘Age’ and sought to uncover, within the context of a broader examination of age portrayal, to what extent audiences are concerned about the visibility of middle aged and older women on screen. Report on the Attitude of Audiences on Age

Diversity Genius

Diversity Genius, the CDN?s top tips toolkit, is here to help new and existing Diversity Pledge signatories drive ahead with their commitments. The Diversity Genius built on the work of the CDN Diversity Pledge, offering helpful aide memoires, suggested actions to help production companies with the constituent actions within the Pledge, and comprehensive lists of talent and training schemes from…

Research on LGB portrayal

Stonewall works closely with national broadcasters, producers and other media professionals to promote fair representation of lesbian, gay and bisexual people across print and broadcast media. The charity?s research shows that significant challenges remain in making sure broadcasters reflect gay people?s lives accurately on-air: Stonewall Research and Policy Unseen on Screen Living Together

Building your business case

Whichever part of the industry we are in, we are all under continuing pressure to make profit, a better product, or deliver more efficient services. Diversity can have a real and positive impact on this if you identify solid reasons for doing it. The legal or moral case for fair representation is more obvious, but there is an intrinsic business…

Portrayal of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People on the BBC

Two years ago the BBC published the most comprehensive audience research and public consultation conducted by a broadcaster on how lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people are portrayed on the BBC. At the end of last year the BBC published its Research update, which fulfilled a commitment to keep the topic on the agenda, two years on from landmark research…

Online resources

  Browse Media Trust?s database of research material & factsheets to assist you on specific diversity topics and areas of interest. Factsheets Media Trust has an online guide which offers advice and practical help to journalists about how to rise to the challenge and avoid the perils and pitfalls of reporting diverse community issues. Reporting diversity

TV gets serious about diversity

The UK independent television sector is making an even greater commitment to diversity on and off the screen with new companies signing up to a ground-breaking training scheme. The Indie Diversity Scheme was launched in January 2013. Supported by Creative Access, it aims to connect independent production companies with people from under-represented groups. Companies offer a paid six-month internship, giving…

Support for companies

Creative Skillset is passionate about diversity within the creative industries and addressing gaps of underrepresentation within the workforce. Its diversity strategy underpins the support and funding for training that companies can access to take action. Creative Skillset company support Access to funding for organisations Support for companies across the nations & regions Useful links and case studies?with regard to helping…


Apprenticeships can open the pool of talent entering the creative industries. This diversity of recruitment ensures that our future workforce is more representative of the population, bringing fresh ideas, talent and experience. Apprenticeships give employers in the creative industries the chance to mould the fresh ideas and enthusiasm of a new generation into a highly skilled and motivated workforce. The…

Latest employment census of the creative media industries

Creative Skillset?s research programme analyses?representation?across the Creative Industries?of people from minority groups and seeks?to understand?and address?underrepresentation. The?latest 2012 Employment Census of the?creative media industries will be published on the website soon. Creative Skillset Census

Gender and Ethnicity Benchmark

The joint gender and ethnicity benchmark run by the Diversity campaigns at Business in the Community is a yearly two-part assessment, free to members of Opportunity Now (our gender campaign) and Race for Opportunity. It is also open to non-members. Participants benchmark against those in their sector and receive detailed and specific confidential feedback, including a banding (platinum, gold, silver…

Workplace Equality Index

Stonewall?s Workplace Equality Index is an annual?benchmarking exercise?that ranks the Top 100 Employers in Britain for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Workplace Equality Index 2014

Benchmarking performance

e-quality?is a pioneering tool designed by the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) to benchmark organisational performance in equality and diversity. It covers the nine protected groups defined in the Equality Act 2010 ? as well as other groups such as carers and ex-offenders ? and assesses performance in relation to five key areas of diversity. Diversity Benchmarking

Two Ticks disability scheme

The two ticks scheme ?is a recognition given by Jobcentre Plus to employers based in Great Britain who have agreed to take action to meet five commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees. It is represented by the two ticks disability symbol (displayed on the right) that participating organisations are authorised to display. What commitments…

Diversity Pledge

The Diversity Pledge?is a public commitment by independent production companies, in-house producers and other suppliers to take measurable steps to improve diversity in the?TV?industry. The CDN launched the industry-wide Diversity Pledge?with Pact in 2009. The pledge is split into four sections covering different aspects of diversity with practical suggestions on how to improve representation. The approach is flexible ? it?s…

The CDN Awards are open for nominations

The 2014 Creative Diversity Network Awards are now open for entries. The ceremony, hosted at the London Studios of current CDN Chair ITV, will take place on 11th?November 2014. The Creative Diversity Network Awards promote and celebrate excellence around the diversity agenda ? on and off screen ? in British television production. There are nine categories in this year?s awards….

CDN Awards 2014

Thanks to all those that have placed nominations for the 2014 CDN Awards. Entries have now closed. We?ve seen a huge surge in entries this year, and with close to 220 nominations being made across eight categories the competition is fierce. The panels of judges are reviewing the material submitted to compile their shortlists. For those that have nominated, we?ll…

Equality and Diversity Policy Template

Please use the template below: [Company name] recognises that diversity and inclusion help to support creativity and innovation: they are an essential ingredient in a successful television company. We are committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion and ensuring there is no discrimination in our company. We want our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society. We want…

Ofcom launches Diversity and Equality toolkit

Ofcom has launched a comprehensive range of information and guidance on how broadcasters can improve the diversity of their organisations. It covers Ofcom?s duties in promoting equality and diversity in employment and training in the broadcasting sector, guidance and examples of industry initiatives, and a full resource library which includes a range of reports, websites and guidance available on equal…