This is Ofcom’s second report into diversity and equal opportunities across the UK radio industry. It forms part of Ofcom’s annual Diversity in Broadcasting research and monitoring programme.
The report offers a detailed picture of the make-up of the radio industry’s workforce and reveals how much progress has been made by broadcasters in promoting equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion since our first report, published in 2018.
We have required Ofcom-regulated broadcasters to provide data on the three characteristics, where we have powers to do so: gender, racial group, and disability. In addition, we have requested information on other ‘protected characteristics’ in the Equality Act 2010: age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment. For the first time, we have requested information on the socioeconomic background of employees.
Our report focuses on the three main radio broadcasters: BBC Radio, Global and Bauer. We report on the equal opportunities arrangements of those broadcasters in greater depth in our in-focus report. We have also outlined the arrangements of other broadcasters in a report on the wider industry.