Third annual report on diversity of UK television industry

Ofcom has today published its third major study of diversity in the UK-based television industry.

For the first time, the report includes initial findings on the social and economic backgrounds of a sub-section of employees working across the television industry.

It also tracks companies’ progress in improving the representation of workers including women, disabled people and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.

The report finds that:

  • Television workers are twice as likely to have attended private schools;
  • Only a minority come from non-professional family backgrounds;
  • Although broadcasters are collecting better information of the makeup of staff, there has been no discernible change in the TV industry’s diversity profile; and
  • Disabled people remain greatly underrepresented, as are women and minority ethnic groups at a senior level.

A news release summarising the report’s findings is available.

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