Last week Lenny Henry spoke exclusively to us at the TV Collective about his new proposal to DCMS – The Henry Papers.  Watch here.

Lenny also asked us to get behind his proposal by emailing Ed Vaizey The Cultural Minster.
There are serious behind the scenes discussions that Henry’s proposal to ring fence funding especially for minority ethnic production companies and projects may be adopted by DCMS with HUGE implications for the BBC and other broadcasters. Lenny Henry  goes back to the DCMS this summer.

Given we all HAVE to pay for a TV licence, but are still frustrated by the constant lack of  the lack of opportunities, career progression and questionable portrayal; Do you currently believe you are getting value for your money?  If not make a stand! Take two minutes to copy and paste the email below and fire it off to Ed Vaizey at –  vaizeye@parliament.uk.

As much as I am optimistic that Lenny’s plan can instigate some real change, I’m  also conscious that we’ve had similar moments many many many times before. So if the issue of diversity continues to be a talking shop, I for one will be seriously considering whether I will be renewing my TV licence. Will you be joining me?

The time has come to stop talking and lead by example by being proactive and taking action!

DO IT NOW! Lets be the change we want to see! 

For more like this – Join now!

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DRAFT EMAIL

Dear Ed Vaizey,

I believe that there is a massive under-representation of black Asian and people from ethnic minorities working in the media. BAME people make up 14% of the population yet less than 6% of the people who work in the media are from ethnic minorities!

I have read the recent news coverage of Lenny Henry’s plan for UK TV channels to have ring fenced money for BAME productions and programmes as they do for the Nations & Regions. I think this is a great idea.

Can you please tell me if you support this idea with regards to the BBC and other UK channels, and what else you are doing to make sure more black, Asian and ethnic minorities are employed in the media.

Regards,

XXXXXXX

  • Trying to ‘sign’ this petition, but cant find the submit button or Vaizey’s email address to cut and paste. Can you help? Thanks. Cahal

  • Well I have done that and really happy about it. I am no friend of the politician but I do expect a decent response to this issue from Ed Vaizey.

    p.s. Isn’t it – vaizeye@parliament.co.uk
    Don’t forget the co.

    • The TV Collective

      Hiya, Brilliant and thanks for th support! p.s there’s no co in his address

  • Why not make it easier for people to submit the petition? Use one of the petition sites like change.org – you’ll get loads more signatories that way, and you’ll be able to track how many there are

    • The TV Collective

      I hear, and that’s what I first thought, but email petitions are not as effective as emailing the MP directly as they have to respond to every email sent.

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  • You have my support.

    • The TV Collective

      Thank You Carol!

  • Supported and signed, thanks for spearheading this guys. Respect.

    • The TV Collective

      Respect King!

  • All done Lenny

    Bring back the REAL MACOY

  • All I want to see is a Non White Anglo Saxon playing the lead where they are the good guys please , boy that would make a change as for a non white person doing ohhhhh. Science , Politics , say Question Time ??

    Er I am for the record over 60 and White ,no religious affiliation.
    Sad in 2015 it appears we need to do this.

  • Let’s roll lenny

  • Done!! I am in full support!!

  • It great that Lenny Henry is making a stand , there needs to be a serious change I am 100% behind this campaign. In drama school you are told that there are dozen of roles out there for you because your the minority …its laughable .. then agents who tell you they’ve just taken some one on their book just like you….. bring on the CHANGE!

  • Message written (adapting your words so not just copied). All power to the campaign.

  • I am also tired of seeing so many PoC roles go to white people, when they are specifically created with a PoC being described for this character. I don’t need to begin to explain just how many white actors have portrayed PoC under yellow face, black face, etc. over the previous decades. This should have been eradicated years ago, yet we still see so many white actors being favoured for a role over PoC actors auditioning for the role.

  • Joe

    Copied and sent.
    All the best with the campaign.

  • Great campaign, wish I’d thought of it. Custom email sent. This is and important issue that many of us have been blind to for far too long.

  • Good luck in your campaign! Have sent email.

  • Best thing on TV: anything with lots of color in the faces

  • Be nice if the BBC etc could play fair!

  • I’ve sent the email, but I really do think that you’d get more support using e petitions. The HM Government one will be considered for debate if it gets 100,000 signatures

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/

  • Have sent custom email and fully support the campaign, also think that a government E petition should also be created and have people on social media circulate and sign, especially following the comments from the UKIP Minster. Because if we get enough signatures it will have to be raised as a question in Parliament.

  • For all those who think ‘affirmative action’ is wrong – what do they think discrimination is? Time to get rid of discrimination. This is the way to start overcoming it.

  • I see your point about people emailing directly but suggest you Use change.org AS WELL! It will then lead to news reports about the number of signatures etc (and its better for lazy people naturally (like me)). x

  • Ive copied, pasted and sent the email to Mr Vaizey. However, after having searched, I could not find the petition for me to sign and SEND. I visited the tvcollective site and could not find it. Can you help please. Ive also asked others to sign the petition and would like to know that they will find it. Thank you.

  • Good on Lenny Henry for this. Non-white talk show hosts, prime time presenters, as well as faces on Question Time and science or natural history programmes needed. Opportunities behind the scenes too, as writers, producers etc without being expected to cover BAME only topics.

    A great campaign – I’ve signed

  • I’ve emailed Ed Vaisey but I can’t find the petition.

    • The TV Collective

      Hi there is no petition we are just asking people to emil Ed Vaizey – Thanks for your support!

  • Obviously, TV does set so much of our cultural agenda. It should, therefore, represent all the different cultures in this country, not just that of the white middle class. That it deos not, begs the question – who is setting this agenda and why? These questions must be asked, answered and acted upon. This is what Lenny Henry is demanding and I support him 100% in this.

  • OK, sorry I missed that. this was a request to send emails to Ed Vaisey. ..so I am now doing this, that is, emailing Ed Vaisey (vaizeye@parliament.co.uk) to ask him directly for his response…but this should be a petition. It is a serious issue needs addressing by all of us who are concerned by seeing how the progress we achieved over the past 30 years is being reversed…back to how it was in the Thatcher era. The world has changed so much but Britain wants to maintain its precolonial culture, and in so doing, while negating this past and all that was negative about it, it is denying the possibilitiy for all the great positive outcomes….Will post on Fb.

  • This is what I wrote to him from my perspective.

    Dear Ed Vaizey,

    I believe that there is a massive under-representation of black Asian and people from ethnic minorities working in the media, and I feel that this has been evident for some time now as the decline in numbers employed demonstrates. BAME people make up 14% of the population yet less than 6% of the people who work in the media are from ethnic minorities!

    I am a white Scottish male caucasian, and I find this to be an absolute nonsense in a supposedly progressive society. Apart from anything else, I wish to appreciate and enjoy the perspectives of people of differing ethnic backgrounds from myself, in order to foster understanding and goodwill, something increasingly in short supply these days it seems, as divisiveness due to religious, political and ethnic differences rises.

    I am aware of the news coverage of Lenny Henry’s plan for UK TV channels to have ring fenced money for BAME productions and programmes as they do for the Nations & Regions. I think this is an excellent idea. It also a democratic necessity for a healthy and functioning multi-cultural society, which this is and will remain, despite the efforts of the BNP and UKIP to rend it apart. Please do not aid and abet them in their vandalism.

    Please tell me if you support this idea with regards to the BBC and other UK channels, and what else you are doing to make sure more black, Asian and ethnic minorities are employed in the media.

    Yours faithfully,

    Andrew Young

    • The TV Collective

      Fantastic letter!!!! Thanks for the support

  • What action do you intend to take to promote effective representation of minority ethnic groups in the media? I would like to see any equality plan that you have produced to date along with monitoring reports of any such plan. Thankyou

  • As a single father, it is my role to educate and equip my child with the social and intellectual skills he will need to survive.Part of this involves realism. I therefore require what I see on the television to be as representative of the British population as possible. I want the two to match.
    The real beauty of British culture is its kalaidoscope of cultures, tastes art and ideas. I love the real diversity we have, I love its vibrancy, its textures. So please, it would be a real treat to make the telly representative.

  • i’ve signed the petition i fully back up Lenny Henry all the way he has payed his taxes and contributed to charities and was brought up in Dudley i do not get why UKIP are doing this ,
    this is way out of order i know the uk is in a mess and it needs to be sorted but they are going the wrong way about it ,there is no consideration on how the the public feel about this, and other communities involved as there are different cultures that have been born and grown up in the UK, they are just going out guns blazing head first not realising what this could cause do they not know that they could be bringing a war on this country they may not realise it but there is something called war against racism anything can cause a war i wouldn’t want another war in this country but from what is going on it won’t be long before we have another one.

  • Done

  • I sent a letter to the BBC some 15 years ago about this very thing. They responded, saying they planned to make improvements. Still awaiting the real representation of BAMEs. I wholly support this initiative, and hope it receives stronger support.

  • Dear Ed Vaizey,

    I believe that there is a massive under-representation of black Asian and people from ethnic minorities working in the media. BAME people make up 14% of the population yet less than 6% of the people who work in the media are from ethnic minorities!

    I have read the recent news coverage of Lenny Henry’s plan for UK TV channels to have ring fenced money for BAME productions and programmes as they do for the Nations & Regions. I think this is a great idea.

    Can you please tell me if you support this idea with regards to the BBC and other UK channels, and what else you are doing to make sure more black, Asian and ethnic minorities are employed in the media.

    Regards,

    Geraldine Green

    • The TV Collective

      Brilliant!! Thanks!

  • Clarkson is always rude to people who he believes differ to him. It is about time the BBC stood firm and did the people a favour and dismiss him never to return.

  • I support the campaign in full. TV and production, like the judiciary system is very behind in embracing diversity.

    The people need to take action in this so-called democracy and raise awareness of such issues. Essentially we cannot call this country purely democratic if race is a determining factor for being offered a job in TV productions, shows etc.

    Kind Regards,
    Nat

  • As my sister was saying above (Natalie). This is one of those issues that truly does over-shadow the way I feel about our country. I’m a mixed-race English man from a White British woman and a Black British man and never once do I look at anyone based on their colour first. I’m an English patriot and I love my country and it is the reason why I fully back this campaign and wish to see our nation better represented by exhibiting our intricate mix of cultural diversity that represents the ‘United’ Kingdom and the reason why we have always been a country leading the way.

  • Alex Pillai

    This is a very important petition, as the representation of BAME crew has not increased in the 20 years I have been working in the TV industry. There are more than enough youngsters wishing to gain access to a career in broadcast, but the opportunities are few and far between.

  • Email sent! Fantastic initiative- will be spreading the word on my blog at http://www.riahebden.com Its time for change people! #getinvolved #carpediem