The year is 2014. The month is June. Though employment numbers in the UK entertainment industry have grown since 2009 when the BBC opened up its new base in Salford, the numbers of Black and Minority Ethnic workers has plummeted.
Creative Skillset research found that BAME employment dropped to 5.4 per cent in 2012, down from 12.1 per cent in 2009. OfCOM refused to release its 2013 statistics leaving broadcasters and industry professionals fearing the worst. So what is the future for BAME talent? Could The Henry Report hold the key? And what do we have to do to get transparency and accountability?
Join us to debate the issues with Lara Akeju, development manager, Creative Diversity, Channel 4, Tom Edwards, commissioning editor, Factuals Features and Formats, BBC, Olivier Kaempfer, senior Microwave executive, Film London and Derren Lawford, commissioning executive, London Live.
The session will be introduced by Faisal Qureshi, chair of BECTU’s race diversity committee and will be chaired by Michelle Brooks, broadcast journalist and series producer of OH TV’s Black Women in the Media.