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How the Equality Act is actually thwarting equality in broadcasting

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky all have plans to increase employment of minorities on screen and behind the scenes. So what is culture minister Ed Vaizey going to do to help them?

Ed Vaizey, the sunny culture minister, has rarified status in government. He is not often seen and relatively little heard – which may be why he is, within his area of responsibility, quite popular. He says he is determined to do something about diversity in the media, and says it in such a way that people believe him. But with the electorate’s verdict looming, he may not be there much longer. So if the creation of a media industry better able to reflect our diversity is to be his legacy, he needs to get on with it.

Vaizey wants a concentrated effort by broadcasters to increase employment of minorities in front of screen and behind the scenes. The broadcasters say they, too, would like to enter a more representative era. The BBC – under a harsh spotlight trained by Lenny Henry – has plans to find and nurture more minority performers and executives.

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December 4, 2014

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