Category Archives: Race equality

BECTU and APA ‘Diversity Action Plan’

Working with the Advertising Producers Association (APA) Bectu has published a Diversity Action Plan [pdf]. With the support of over 100 production companies, the signatories have committed to implement a step-by-step guide to address under-representation, including participation in the Induction … Continue reading

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Why ‘the freelance deal’ is a big deal – and not just for the workers concerned.

There’s a long read on this site about the ‘contingent production army’ that manages large parts of the entertainment industry. Thinking about this issue, and processing it has allowed me to get a clearer idea of what our grievances are … Continue reading

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Diversity and equal opportunities in TV and radio – Ofcom reporting

Ofcom recently published their five-year review on diversity and equal opportunities in TV and Radio [pdf]. It’s an interesting one because a few things are gradually coming together now. So, for example, on disability, they now are able to see … Continue reading

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Directors Guild of America approach to diversity

Janice Turner has forwarded me some interesting stuff from one of our union kin in the US, The Directors Guild of America (DGA). Their mission statement includes a dual focus: Cultural diversity is reflected in the stories that Directors tell … Continue reading

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CIPD calls for ethnicity pay gap reporting

From the CIPD website: “The moral case for pay fairness across all ethnic groups is self-evident. Yet, we still await the consultation response to the 2018 UK Government consultation on mandatory ethnicity pay reporting. And, while the 2020 Black Lives … Continue reading

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Racial Diversity Initiatives in UK Film and TV – critical Film and TV Charity report

Variety seem to have an exclusive on a Film & TV Charity report[pdf] on Racial Diversity Initiatives in UK Film & TV by Dr Clive Nwonka and Professor Sarita Malik. Here are the top lines from it: “There is a … Continue reading

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Cultural Diversity is not just about limiting discrimination – it’s an economic and industrial factor

It’s worth bookmarking Unesco’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions here. This is an important global statement on the need for cultural expressions to be produced, distributed, and owned ‘locally’ (in the Nations and … Continue reading

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Facebook accused of aiding recruitment bias

This, following a tip-off from Paul McManus in Bectu’s Glasgow office: A Global Witness investigation has uncovered evidence that Facebook’s ad targeting may be in breach of UK equality and data protection laws. “In April 2020 [an] ad for job openings … Continue reading

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Racist stereotyping in auditions, and major BFI study into representation in UK film

More from the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity at Birmingham City University. “Two thirds of actors of colour have experienced racist stereotyping in an audition, while more than 50% have experienced racism in the workplace, according to a … Continue reading

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Post-pandemic working foregrounds poor management and outdated hierarchies

A couple of  pieces from the FT recently highlighting the spotlight that has fallen on the quality of management in the UK. The first one [£] takes ministers to task for their (possibly unfounded, or even downright wrong) complaints about … Continue reading

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Intimacy co-ordinators mentoring scheme

The Stage reports that… “A mentoring scheme has been launched to improve diversity in the intimacy coordination profession. The programme for under-represented groups, described as the first of its kind in the UK, has recently completed its inaugural course, training … Continue reading

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Oxford Media Convention on ‘how to create an anti-racist media’

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Lower pay in the performing arts

One of the biggest factors adversely affecting diversity in the cultural sector is low pay at the entry level – effectively excluding entrants on lower incomes. 🎭Those in the performing and creative arts face the lowest salaries after graduating. 📉They … Continue reading

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