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Research

Research commissioned for the Representology Journal of Media Diversity by the Sir Lenny Henry Centre of Media Diversity.

The Future of Diversity Regulation in the UK Broadcast Industry

Dr Peter L. Block

This research, sponsored by the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity, has examined the matter of diversity regulation in the UK broadcast industry. The findings are captured in six models of diversity clustered under three themes; (A) Ofcom relinquishes the obligation, (B) Ofcom continues to manage the process or (C) Ofcom devolves the matter to an independent agency. This report explains the rationale for arriving at these models.   

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Diversity in Post-Production Sound Roles in UK Television Production

Emma Butt

This research, conducted throughout August and September 2020, examined the highest rated TV shows across the Autumn period of 2019 on BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky One and the breakdown of diversity across the key post-production sound team roles. The data is drawn from Broadcast magazine’s quarterly reports on highest rated shows (published online 15/9/2019), on screen credits and IMDB. This research also involved interviews with a diverse range of professionals working in post-production sound to identify barriers to career progression in this area. This research evidences a worrying absence of diversity in post-production sound teams specifically in drama, entertainment and factual.

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Study reveals how BAME-led TV organisations have been hit by COVID crisis

A study carried out at the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity, assessed the impact of coronavirus on independent companies led by Black, Asian and minority ethnic professionals. The research revealed a third of BAME-led TV production companies are facing serious financial hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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