Channel 4 doubles down on diversity guidelines

Seeks to create ‘sustained change’ through series of requirements affecting all productions from August
Channel 4 has unveiled a comprehensive set of diversity guidelines as it bids to create “sustained change” in the industry.
Building on its Black to Front initiative, the broadcaster has worked with the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity to publish the far-reaching requirements which will impact its entire slate of shows.

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Joanna Abeyie BBC’s new head of Diversity has been appointed Commissioners as part of the Civil Service Commission. She will bring valuable skills and experience from both her public and private sector backgrounds.
The Civil Service Commission is an independent statutory body that oversees appointments to the Civil Service, ensuring that they are made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.
Joanna Abeyie has been appointed by Her Majesty on the recommendation of the Minister for the Civil Service after an open competition which took place in 2021.

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Comedian Eddie Kadi to explore the high-end, glossy side of Ghana

New show sees popular comedian exposing unknown top spots in west African country
The one-hour show, brought about through a partnership with Channel 4 and Rumpus Media, will see Kadi exploring west African country exposing the largely unseen exclusive world, full of rich culture, history and beauty.

Vivienne Molokwu, commissioning editor for Channel 4, said: “Eddie is a hilarious, broad and brilliant talent with a very different experience of and perspective on many countries that we simply don’t know much about over here in the UK.
“We love nothing better than a celeb travelogue and seeing how the other half live, so the combination of the two in an unexpected destination should make for a highly entertaining watch.”

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Chatterbox Media is to make a new reality show, Charlotte In Sunderland for BBC Three, following entrepreneur and TV personality Charlotte Crosby .

Nav Raman, executive producer for Chatterbox says: “This fast paced entertaining series offers an honest and surprising lens on the multi faceted world of Charlotte Crosby.”
Charlotte In Sunderland (10×30) is being made for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer. Executive producers for Chatterbox are Nav Raman and Ali Quirk. It was commissioned by Breakthrough Leader Alumni Nasfim Haque, BBC Three channel editor and the BBC commissioning editor is Rachel Ashdown.

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Jamal Edwards’ mother joins Unapologetic team

Jamal Edwards’ mother has been brought on board to exec the second series of Unapologetic as Channel 4 continue

s its Black to Front legacy.

Brenda Edwards has been appointed an exec producer following the death of her son earlier this year as SBTV and Cardiff Productions’ format returns for a six-part second series.
Presenters Yinka Bokinni and ZeZe Millz will again host the late-night talkshow, which was piloted during Black to Front day before a six-part series aired at 11pm to a high of 170,000 (3.3%) in November.

Pat Younge joins Edwards as exec producer with Debbie Reece Bloch as series producer.

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