Diversity and equal opportunities in television

18 September 2019

This is our third diversity in television broadcasting report (PDF, 2.4 MB).

The summary report presents our key findings across the main five television broadcasters that Ofcom regulates. Further information on the main five broadcasters and a further five major broadcasters can be found in the in-focus report (PDF, 1.5 MB), with an accompanying slide-pack (PDF, 2.2 MB) on the UK-based television industry. This year, broadcasters' activities that relate to on-screen work and the wider production sector will be reflected in a new freelancers report (PDF, 1.4 MB). All data is for the period of April 2018 to March 2019. We published a separate report on radio in July 2019.

Ofcom has a duty to promote equality of opportunity in relation to employment in the broadcasting sector. We can ask broadcasters to provide information about their equal opportunities policies and the make-up of their workforce.

Like last year, we required broadcasters to provide data on the three protected characteristics where we have powers to do so: gender, racial group and disability. We have also requested information on other protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010: age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment.

This year we also asked broadcasters to provide data on social mobility/social and economic diversity.

Diversity and equal opportunities in television: 2019 report

This summary report focuses on the diversity of the main five UK broadcasters: the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky and Viacom. We compare them, by characteristic, to UK labour workforce averages and the wider UK-based TV broadcasting industry and highlight some of their key initiatives.

Diversity and equal opportunities in television: 2019 report (PDF, 2.4 MB)

Amrywiaeth a chyfle cyfartal yn y diwydiant teledu 2019 (PDF, 831.3 KB)


Two members of our Diversity Advisory Panel, the film/TV critic and columnist Ellen E Jones, and the actor, writer and producer David Proud, shared insights on diversity and equal opportunities, based on their experiences as professionals working in the television industry.

Ellen E Jones – film/TV critic and columnist

David Proud – actor, writer and producer

In-focus report

Our in-focus report provides detailed analysis across each of the main five and includes a more comprehensive write-up of the initiatives and strategies they have implemented to tackle under-representation. It also provides similar analysis for a further five major broadcasters.

In-focus report on ten major broadcasters (PDF, 1.5 MB)

UK broadcasting industry slide pack

This series of slides gives the profile of UK-based employees working for UK-licenced broadcasters in 2018/19.

UK broadcasting industry slide pack (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Ofcom's first report on the diversity of freelancers in the television industry

Our diversity of freelancers report draws together the available diversity data on freelancers working in UK television. It also includes reflections from freelancers on how initiatives aimed at improving diversity have impacted their careers.

Diversity in UK television: freelancers (PDF, 1.4 MB)


This section outlines the methodology used in carrying out the data collection. All elements of the survey including questionnaire design, fieldwork and analysis were conducted in-house by Ofcom’s market research team.

Methodology (PDF, 461.8 KB)