This is the first report from Ofcom’s new, annual Diversity in Broadcasting monitoring programme, which will reveal how well broadcasters are promoting equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion in employment.
This report presents our main findings across the UK-based television broadcasters that Ofcom regulates. It does not include radio, as we will begin a similar exercise across the radio industry later this year.
We have required 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 data on other ‘protected characteristics’ in the Equality Act 20104: age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment.
Our report focuses on the main five UK broadcasters: the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky and Viacom. The report examines diversity across job roles, job levels, completion of training and development, promotions, joiners and leavers.