Key Points
  • Reviewing the Annual Ofcom Report: understanding where we are and what more can be done to increase diversity on and off screen
  • Recruiting, Retaining and Career Progression: increasing sustainable and real opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds
  • Challenging the Role of Commissioners and Production: changing who, what and where we see on-screen to promote inclusion
  • Improving Access On and Off-screen: exploring excellent initiatives from broadcasters for people with disabilities to achieve doubling disability


Overview

    Confirmed Speakers:

    Amy Turton, Diamond Project Manager, Creative Diversity Network
    Ade Rawcliffe, Head of Diversity for Commissioning, ITV
    Serena Thompson, Executive Producer in Commissioning, Sky
    Carla Mitchell, Project Manager, Four Corners
    Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive, Creative Access
    Miranda Wayland, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, BBC
    Yasir Mirza, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Channel 4
    Mark Heholt, Head of Policy, Screenskills

Ofcom will be releasing their third Diversity and Equal Opportunities in TV report this September. In response to this, experts from the media industry will unite to review the publication as you’ll learn what more can be done to increase inclusion.

Westminster Insight’s Diversity in TV Forum will be looking at the barriers to access, on and off screen, for those employed from across a broad spectrum of backgrounds.

Offering meaningful, sustainable opportunities and career progression, you will have the opportunity to challenge your recruitment strategy. Don’t miss this chance to collaborate and share initiatives with peers, as we all work towards the common goal of promoting diversity both on and off-screen.


On-screen:
  • Gain insight on the influence of commissioners
  • Learn how hearing from diverse voices can remove bias in TV and strengthen your audience reach
  • Explore how commissioners and production teams can create authentic content and on-screen roles reducing tokenism and typecasting

  • Off-screen:
  • Engage with industry experts to create an inclusive working environment that promotes people from all backgrounds
  • Only a small fraction of those employed in TV had a disability (6%); far lower than the UK population
  • BT, one of the leading broadcasters, will share their initiative that increases access and overcomes barriers to employment.

  • Agenda
    Start

    08:45 - 09:20
    Registration

     

    09:20 - 09:30
    Chair's Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Amy Turton Diamond Project Manager, Creative Diversity Network

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    09:30 - 09:50
    Keynote: Reviewing the Annual Diversity in TV Report by Ofcom: Improving Representation both on and off screen

     
    • Exploring the impact of increased expectations and tightening criteria by Ofcom
    • Understanding what else major and indie broadcasters can do to overcome barriers and increase representation
    • Analysing the data, what's missing and the challenges of meeting quotas
    • Examining the pay gap for different groups including people with disabilities, BAME and women
    9.50 - 10.00 Questions and Discussion

    10:00 - 10:20
    Case Study: Successfully Promoting Diversity On-Screen

     
    • Understanding the benefit of making TV more representative of wider society and engaging a more diverse audience 
    •  Exploring new initiatives developed to improve opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds including BAME, people with disabilities and LGBTQ
    • Exploring new initiatives developed to improve opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds including BAME, people with disabilities and LGBTQ        
    • Creating an inclusive working environment, working with broadcasters and commissioners to change who we see on-screen 
    • Improving regional diversity and opportunities to enable more diverse content on-screen    
    10.20 - 10.30 Questions and Discussion

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    Yasir Mirza Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Channel 4

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    10:30 - 11:00
    Panel: Improving Career Progression for People from Diverse Backgrounds

     
    • Increasing the number of women, BAME, LGBTQ and people with disabilities in senior positions 
    • Challenging initiatives to reach their potential and improve support for people from diverse backgrounds working in TV 
    • Changing who is in senior positions, working in commissioning, and, the impact on production 
    • Examining barriers to career progression for people from diverse backgrounds
    • Addressing concerns of the ‘revolving door’, creating meaningful job opportunities, retaining trainees and apprentices   
    11.00 - 11.10 Questions and Discussion

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    Carla Mitchell Project Manager, Four Corners

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    11:10 - 11:40
    Coffee and Networking Break

     

    11:40 - 12:40
    Panel: BAME Employee: Overcoming Barriers and Changing the Culture of TV

     
    • Engaging employees and people from a BAME background in helping to inform and create change across TV 
    • Understanding challenges such as accessing opportunities, typecasting and attitudes for people from a BAME background 
    • Reviewing the role of commissioners and the collaboration between commissioning and production to increase diversity  
    • Changing how and what is commissioned, creating diverse content 
    • Exploring how broadcasters and production teams can redesign roles to reduce diversity bias  
    12.40 - 12.50 Questions and Discussion

    Speakers

    Miranda Wayland Interim Head of Diversity and Inclusive, BBC

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    Ade Rawcliffe Head of Diversity, ITV

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    Fraser Ayres CEO, TriForce Creative Network and Dandi Network

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    12:50 - 13:20
    On and Off Screen: Changing the Approach to Recruitment to Increase Diversity on TV

     
    • Changing attitudes and the culture of recruitment for on-screen roles  
    • Moving away from stereotypes and reducing tokenism to create authentic characters and roles for people from diverse backgrounds 
    • Recruiting more diverse individuals as commissioners and in production to increase diversity on-screen 
    • Increasing the talent pool, using initiatives to engage and train people from different backgrounds  

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    Josie Dobrin Chief Executive, Creative Access

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    Mark Heholt Head of Policy, Screenskills

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    13:20 - 13:25
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

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    Amy Turton Diamond Project Manager, Creative Diversity Network

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    End

    Speakers

    Fraser Ayres CEO, TriForce Creative Network and Dandi Network

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    Jackie Beer Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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    Josie Dobrin Chief Executive, Creative Access

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    Mark Heholt Head of Policy, Screenskills

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    Yasir Mirza Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Channel 4

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    Carla Mitchell Project Manager, Four Corners

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    Ade Rawcliffe Head of Diversity, ITV

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    Serena Thompson Executive Producer for Commissioning, Sky

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    Amy Turton Diamond Project Manager, Creative Diversity Network

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    Miranda Wayland Interim Head of Diversity and Inclusive, BBC

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    Venue details

    Central London


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