Earlier this week Sir Lenny Henry hosted #DiversityUrgency in parliament, with a panel that included the Labour MP David Lammy, the Conservative MP Helen Grant and the Liberal Democrat peer Jane Bonham Carter. In attendance was also Digital Minister, RT Hon Matt Hancock MP who introduced the event and award winning journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who was chair.
Lenny also accused Ofcom (the broadcasting regulator) of promoting a culture of “fake diversity” over its refusal to set targets for those who work behind the scenes. Their report, released on Monday, said it would only set targets for “on-screen diversity”, ignoring those who commission and make the shows.
During the talk, Lenny also highlighted stats from Directors UK diversity survey that found that no talk shows, period dramas, game shows, sketch shows, reality TV shows or children’s entertainment shows had BAME directors. “The number of BAME people behind the scenes in our industry is at crisis level and we need Ofcom to do something about it.” #Diversity #BAME #Inclusive #BBC #Ofcom #LennyHenry #DirectorsUK #Media #MediaNews #Broadcast