Marcus Ryder

I AM TELEVISION’S INVISIBLE MAN @marcusryder

  “Hello! I’m right here!!” “Can you hear me?! Can you see me?!” “I know you saw me yesterday because we were having coffee together but today I am invisible!” I know too many professional Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic

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The Secrets of TV Award Ceremonies @MarcusRyder

  On Wednesday the 19th February I attended the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards. It is the annual festival to celebrate the best in TV news and current affairs. A place where BBC’s Panorama goes head to head with Channel

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How Do I Find A Husband? (And Other Diversity Related Questions)

  “How on earth am I going to find a husband now Marcus?!”   I had been talking to a fellow BBC colleague for about an hour. We had talked around the subject, we had avoided the issue and cracked

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HOW BLACK PEOPLE CAN SAVE TELEVISION @marcusryder

Newsflash : – TV is in big trouble. Here are two facts that every television executive should have sleepless nights over: 1.   According to the last 2011 census Britain is becoming a more ethnically diverse country. London is 40% Non-white. Leicester, Luton

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Thatcher and her forgotten legacy @MARCUSRYDER.

  As a black person my memory and experience of Margaret Thatcher will be quite different from a white person’s memory of her. Times like this serve to highlight just how important diversity in the media is. Black people are

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Diversity: A TV Exec’s Secret Weapon @MARCUSRYDER

  Television executives are always obsessed with giving audiences what they really want rather than just what we think they want, and when it comes to journalism we want to identify the issues that really affect people’s lives. Increasing diversity

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When Good Diversity Schemes Go Bad @marcusryder

  When I was 23 I applied for a trainee Assistant Producer job. I had to go through a rigorous application process followed by probably the  toughest interview I’ve ever had. I still have stress related dreams in which this

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Why Thinking Like a Black Man Is Good For TV @MARCUSRYDER

  I was recently on a panel discussion looking at the issue of black men working in TV news. We all know the kind of thing; group of young black men in the audience listening to a panel of black

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Jimmy Savile: Could Black People Have Stopped Him? @marcusryder

  When I was nine I wrote to Jim’ll Fix It and asked; “Dear Jim, could you please fix for me to train with my Olympic hero Daley Thompson?”. When I never heard back from the BBC I went crying

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Are you afraid of the ‘R’ word? By @marcusryder

Large sections of British society want to portray much of the discussion around racism, sexism and other diversity issues as “Political Correctness gone mad” but is that just another way to shut us up? Unless you have been living under

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