The Creative Diversity Network Diversity Awards are held every two years to reward outstanding quality, creativity and diversity in television that represents all aspects of British society. The award categories are designed to acknowledge outstanding work both on and offscreen and serve to showcase exciting breakthrough talent.

CDN UK Broadcasting Diversity Awards 2019

10 October 2019
Creative Diversity Network announces winners of the 2019 UK Television Diversity Awards

The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) today announced the winners of its 2019 UK Television Diversity Awards. The awards are held every two years to reward outstanding quality, creativity and diversity in television that represents all aspects of British society. The 2019 awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 9 October at The Ham Yard Hotel, London

Through these awards, CDN recognises industry stakeholders who are leading the way in driving change across broadcasting around all aspects of our diverse society covering age, body image, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, regionality, sexuality and social class.

Deborah Williams, CDN Executive Director said: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners of the 2019 UK Television Diversity awards as well as those nominated. The strength of this year’s entries is a testament to our industry’s ability to create engaging, powerful content on screen and take positive action behind the scenes to help drive diversity across UK television.”

The 2019 winners are:

• Production Company of the Year
Celebrating a Production Company’s commitment to producing diverse content.

• BBC Children’s In-House Productions

• Broadcaster of the Year
Celebrating a Broadcaster’s active, demonstrable engagement with the diversity agenda.

• BBC

Disrupter
Celebrating a piece of work that disrupts the way the industry views or tackles an issue.

• Exodus: Our Journey Continues (Keo Films, for BBC 2)

Unsung Hero
Rewarding the efforts of an employee who has gone above and beyond to champion diversity or enable accessible working environments.

• Sangeeta Bhabra (Presenter, ITV Regional News)

• Commissioning
Celebrating a commission that has brought positive and authentic attention to a diverse community.

• Butterfly (Red Production Company and Aenon for ITV)

• Off-screen Recruitment, Training & Development
Championing innovation in the provision of reasonable adjustments networks or training programmes.

• Endemol Shine UK

• Advocate in Industry
Recognising a person(s) for their work championing one of the protected characteristic communities within the Broadcast industry through appearance at events, written, visual or audio work.

• BBC CAPE

• Digital Technology
Employment of technology that has made a programme or access to programmes more every day.

• Channel 4

Partnership
Celebrating a project partner that has supported one of the members in the delivery of diversity or inclusion related work and working environments.

• BBC Writersroom/Directors UK Continuing Drama Director’s Scheme

 

In addition, CDN presented two special awards:

• Uber Ally
An award for outstanding support of the Creative Diversity Network and its agenda.

• Dan Brooke, former Chief Marketing Officer and Board Champion for Diversity and Inclusion, Channel 4

• Outstanding Contribution
An award for an outward facing leader who has foregrounded diversity.

• John Hardie, former CEO and Editor in Chief, ITN
• John McVay OBE, CEO, Pact

 

For more information, contact Mark Ogle at OH Communications: mark@ohcommunications.co.uk; t: +44 (0) 7789981561
Notes to editors: Nominations for some awards categories were limited in number.
The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) exists to inspire, encourage and support the UK television industry to expand diversity and inclusion. It is a UK television industry body, largely paid for by its members who are: BAFTA, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5/Viacom, Creative Skillset, Pact, ITN, ITV, S4C, Sky.

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2019 Nominees Revealed!

Production Company of the Year
Celebrating a Production Company’s commitment to producing diverse content.

  • BBC Children’s In-House Productions
  • BBC Studios Drama
  • Douglas Road Productions
  • Hello Halo Productions
  • SignPost

Broadcaster of the Year

  • BBC
  • Channel 4
  • ITV Cymru
  • ITV News Central
  • Sky

Disrupter

  • Ackley Bridge (The Forge, for Channel 4)
  • Exodus: Our Journey Continues (Keo Films, for BBC 2)
  • Killed By My Debt (BBC Studios Documentary Unit, for BBC3)
  • Passions: Chi Chi Nwanoku OBE on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (MacLarty Brown Media in association with Field Day, for Sky Arts)
  • The Boy with the Top Knot (Kudos, Parti Productions for BBC 2)

Unsung Hero

  • Corienda Brown (Chair of Channel 4’s 4Purple Network)
  • Matt Scarff and Georgina Marcantonio (co-chairs, ITV Pride)
  • Rhodri ap Dyfrig, Hansh (S4C’s online content editor)
  • Sangeeta Bhabra (Presenter, ITV Regional News)
  • Saskia Schuster (Founder, Comedy 50:50)

In Commissioning

  • Before Grenfell (Blast! Films, for BBC 2)
  • Butterfly (Red Production Company and Aenon, for ITV)
  • Famalam (BBC Studios, for BBC 3)
  • Informer (Neal Street Productions, for BBC 1)
  • Professor Green: Living in Poverty (The Garden, for BBC 3)

Off-screen Recruitment, Training & Development

  • BBC New Directors Initiative
  • Channel 4 Recruitment & Training Development
  • Endemol Shine UK
  • SignPost

Advocate in Industry

  • BBC Cape
  • Paul Brand, Political Correspondent, ITV News

Digital Technology

  • BBC Reith
  • BBC Tours Interactive Access Film
  • Channel 4
  • ITV Calendar North/ South

Partnership

  • BBC Writersroom/Directors UK Continuing Drama Directors’ Training Scheme
  • Soundmouse

 

(CDN Awards 2019 announcement press release)

 

The awards ceremony will be held in London on Wednesday 9th October 2019.


CDN Awards 2017

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The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) today revealed the winners for its 2017 awards. The awards reward outstanding quality, creativity and diversity in television that represents all aspects of British society.They are designed to acknowledge outstanding work both on and off-screen and serve to showcase the best and most exciting talent in the UK.

The winning programmes all demonstrate that challenging stereotypes can be thought-provoking, offers a chance for under-represented groups to tell their own stories, as well as being entertaining. Those individuals, production companies and channels winning the Change Makers awards were all chosen for widening the understanding of diversity and championing culture change across the television industry.

The award for Outstanding Contribution to increasing diversity in the UK’s television industry was given to the Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, former Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. CDN felt that when concerns about diversity were brought to his attention, he made fantastic use of his power to convene and lead the diversity agenda within the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which helped to ensure that this year’s award winners were supported.

Deborah Williams, CDN Executive Director said: ‘The winners of our 2017 awards shone through what was a strong field. They are proof that there is a lot of fantastic talent out there and when producers and broadcasters set their mind to it, they really can make and champion great, memorable content that engages with a wide audience and properly reflects the diversity of all of their viewers. If Ed Vaizey gets it, everyone should get it!’

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The Winning programmes in the Outstanding Programme shortlist are:

Comedy

Chewing Gum (Retort for E4)

Drama

Damilola, Our Loved Boy (Minnow Films for BBC 1)

Entertainment

The Last Leg: Live From Rio (Open Mike Productions for Channel 4)

Factual

Life and Deaf (Flashing Lights and CTVC for BBC 4)

News or Current Affairs

Unreported World. Mission Critical: Afghanistan (Quicksilver Media for Channel 4)

The Change Makers winners are:

Production company of the year

BBC Children?s In-House Production

Author/Creative

Levi David Addai (Writer, Damilola, Our Loved Boy, Minnow Films for BBC 1)

Commissioner or Channel Of The Year

BBC 3

Diversity Champion

Damian Kavanagh (BBC 3)

On Screen Talent

Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum, Retort for E4)

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