Representation and portrayal on BBC TV 2018

Ofcom has reviewed how the BBC reflects and portrays the whole of UK society on television.

Read the report

This review considers how the BBC represents and portrays different people on TV and is our most detailed piece of work in this area. Our findings will act as a baseline for assessing the BBC’s future performance and will help identify where the BBC can do more.

Mae’r adroddiad hwn hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg (PDF, 5.8 MB)

See the research

The research underpinning Ofcom’s review offers wide-ranging and interesting insights into what people think about representation and portrayal on TV. Here we have collected some of these views to give a snapshot of recurring themes or otherwise key views.

Full research reports

Kantar Media: BBC representation and portrayal qualitative research for Ofcom (PDF, 669.2 KB)

Detailed report on our extensive qualitative research, which heard from people of different backgrounds across the UK’s nations and regions.

BARB analysis: Representation and portrayal on BBC TV (PDF, 1.9 MB)

TV viewing data looking at different audience groups for the period April 2017 – March 2018.

CRG: On-Screen Diversity Monitoring: BBC One and BBC Two 2018 (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Analysis of how frequently people with various characteristics appeared in BBC One and BBC Two programmes over a sample period.

CRG: On-Screen Diversity Monitoring: BBC Three 2018 (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Analysis of how frequently people with various characteristics appeared in a sample of BBC Three programmes.

Craft Strategy: Off-screen research - Interviews with BBC staff working in commissioning (PDF, 722.1 KB)

A summary of 10 in-depth interviews with BBC commissioning editors and executives on subjects related to representation and portrayal.

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