British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has joined the Creative Diversity Network (CDN) and has agreed to begin reporting diversity data to Diamond.
The network will support the organization’s efforts to increase diversity on- and off-screen within the UK’s television industry, while also growing its initiatives to expand the percentage of disabled people working off-screen in British television.
UKTV will also become a Diamond broadcaster, meaning that the channel will begin collecting and reporting diversity data through the monitoring system already used by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and ViacomCBS. The Diamond monitoring system provides industry-wide on and off-screen data for broadcasters to monitor, measure and report on how the British television industry is performing on diversity.
CDN’s members recently committed to increasing the frequency of information published to highlight how they are meeting relevant internal targets. The organization is also undertaking an in-depth analysis of cross-industry BAME data and the representation of different ethnic groups across genres and roles.
UKTV will continue to work directly with its suppliers prior to the start of production to examine how representation can be improved both on- and off-screen. After production, a follow-up review will determine the indie’s success in delivering on its commitments, while also identifying talented individuals to ensure their careers continue to develop.
The broadcaster last year secured a partnership with Film London’s Equal Access Network and launched its All Voices initiative, which aims to give underrepresented groups meaningful employment on multiple UKTV Original productions.
“Alongside expanding our All Voices initiative, joining the Creative Diversity Network is an important part of our commitment to help drive change throughout the industry,” said Richard Watsham (pictured), director of commissioning at UKTV, in a statement. “We’ve been tracking diversity through our own, bespoke reporting system over the last three years, but it’s imperfect. So, I’m pleased that we can now take advantage of the industry leading Diamond and hope that by joining, we can encourage further take up of this important data tool.”
“UKTV’s commitment to Diamond will contribute to our collective ability to provide definitive statistics and analysis of how our industry is performing,” added CDN executive director Deborah Williams.