Diversity and equal opportunities in television

27 September 2018

This is our second diversity in television broadcasting report (PDF, 4.8 MB).

The summary report presents our key findings across the main five television broadcasters that Ofcom regulates. Further information on the main five broadcasters can be found in the in-focus report (PDF, 1.2 MB) and a third report sets out our findings from the total television industry (PDF, 1.9 MB). All data is for the period of April 2017 to March 2018. We published a separate report on radio in June 2018.

Ofcom has a duty to promote equality of opportunity in relation to employment in the broadcast 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. 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.

This year we also asked broadcasters to tell us about the work they have been doing around social mobility/social and economic diversity.

Diversity and equal opportunities in television 2018 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 2018 report (PDF, 4.8 MB)

Amrywiaeth a chyfle cyfartal yn y diwydiant teledu 2018 (PDF, 1.4 MB)


Ofcom asked the leaders of the five main broadcasters, and the people working there, for their reflections on diversity and equality in the UK television industry.

In-focus report and broadcaster interviews

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.

In-focus report on the main five broadcasters (PDF, 1.2 MB)

We asked senior leaders at the main five broadcasters why diversity is important across the TV industry.

Tony Hall, Director General, BBC

Alex Mahon, CEO, Channel 4

Carolyn McCall, CEO, ITV

Stephen van Rooyen, CEO, Sky UK and Ireland

James Currell, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Viacom UK

UK broadcasting industry report

This report looks at the profile of UK and international based employees working for UK licensed broadcasters in 2017/18.

UK broadcasting industry report (PDF, 1.9 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, 4.2 MB)