Broadcasters: guidance and resources on how to improve diversity
Here you will find a range of guidance on how broadcasters can improve the diversity of their organisations.
This guidance aims to provide useful information for broadcasters across the UK, but where we make reference are made to organisations such as ACAS, or equality law, broadcasters based in Northern Ireland should instead refer to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.1
We updated our formal guidance to broadcasters on in May 2019 to reflect the recommendations made in our 2018 Diversity and Equal Opportunities in Television report. The guidance can be found below and in the ‘Ofcom’s role’ section of this diversity hub and applies from 10 May 2019.
To complement the formal guidance, in this section of the hub you’ll find advice, support and strategies to help your company achieve a more diverse workforce – whatever its size – as well as examples of promising industry initiatives already under way.
Ofcom has a duty to promote equality of opportunity in relation to employment and training in the broadcast sector. As part of that duty, Ofcom can ask broadcasters to provide information, for example, about their equal opportunities policies, the training they offer and the make-up of their workforce.
This site has been created by Ofcom, following our working partnership with the Producers' Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT), the Creative Diversity Network (CDN) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which aimed to identify barriers to diversity and offer practical solutions to support companies in the broadcasting sector.
Northern Ireland’s equality legislation (the Northern Ireland Act 1998) is broadly similar to the law covering Great Britain (the Equality Act 2010), although there are important differences. For example, organisations in Northern Ireland have duties to protect equality of opportunity and promote good relations between persons of different political opinion, as well as religious belief and racial group.
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland offers support and practical advice to employers of all sizes to help them promote good practice and stay on the right side of the law. You can contact the Commission by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 028 90 890888.