Marcia Williams is appointed as Channel 4’s first director of inclusion in the UK.

Marcia Williams has been named as the first director of inclusion at British television network Channel 4.

Williams, whose nearly 30-year career in diversity and inclusion includes work at the U.K. Film Council, will join the company in August from Transport for London, report to chief executive officer of Channel 4 Alex Mahon, and also join the senior management board.

With the employee-focused 4Inclusion team reporting to her to help enhance alignment internally and externally, both on and off screen, Williams will be responsible for the strategic direction of inclusion and diversity at Channel 4.
Williams stated that the new position “is an assurance that Channel 4 is laser-focused on pushing forward to develop innovative and impactful approaches to approach challenges of fairness and inclusivity across its talent and business procedures in order to achieve and sustain meaningful impact.”

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The best digital channels, content producers, and channels in the UK are recognised by the Broadcast Digital Awards. The winning work is chosen by some of the most well-known figures in the industry as a celebration of the most imaginative, interactive, and innovative work of the previous year. The Brewery in London hosted the awards event for this year on July 5, 2022.

Below are some of the winners:

The best documentary programme was Alba Sotorra Productions and Metfilm’s The return: living after ISIS for Sky Documentaries.

Race Around Britain by Expectation and Munz developed it for YouTube won the award for best entertaining programme.

The most watched factual programme was Dave’s Big Zuu’s Big Eats.

Drunk history: Black stories, Comedy Central for Comedy Central YouTube, wins for best short-form format.

List here to see the rest of the winners

The YouTube Original featuring Big Zuu honours the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

One of the black entertainers honouring Nelson Mandela’s legacy for a YouTube Originals Black Voices Fund series is Big Zuu. The Nelson Mandela Foundation collaborates with VIS, Paramount’s international studio, to produce the five-part series The Mandela Project in Africa. It draws its inspiration from Nelson Mandela Day, which promotes volunteering in the community.
Beginning the series, Big Zuu collaborates with an aspiring young female farmer and his buddies Hyder and Tubsey from UKTV’s Big Zuu’s Big Eats to work in a communal garden in London.

On July 18, Nelson Mandela Day, the series will be made available on BET’s YouTube account. Ndaba Mandela, a descendant of Nelson Mandela, serves as the series’ narrator and offers firsthand accounts of his grandfather.

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Channel 4 requests a review of “anti-racist” workplace policies.

A HR consulting firm has been contracted by Channel 4 to conduct an investigation into how to foster a “anti-racist” culture. According to The Times, which broke the news first, Caerus Executive will conduct the study, which will comprise private interviews with current and past staff.  In order to determine what “hinders inclusion” at the organisation, the HR firm will compare the broadcaster to other organisations.

As part of its Black to Front legacy, C4 has released its commissioning criteria on diversity and disability.

According to the rules, at least 20% of the editorial decision-makers and senior team members must come from ethnically diverse backgrounds. They also pledge to depict people from varied backgrounds both on and off-screen.

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BBC exceeds annual goals for diversity in terms of race and ethnicity, but falls short on disability.

The BBC is on track to reach its workforce diversity goals for female and black, Asian, and minority ethnic employees, but it is still behind schedule in terms of its objectives for people with disabilities.   The percentage of disabled employees increased overall to 9.3 percent from 8 percent the previous year, falling just short of the objective of 9.7 percent set for March 2022.

Women made up 49.5% of employees overall and 47.5% of employees in senior leadership roles, both marginally higher than the previous year and, for the first time, above the annual targets of 48.8% and 46.4 percent, respectively.

In contrast, 16.4% of all staff members identified as black, Asian, or from a minority ethnic origin, up from 15.9% last year and above the target of 15.9%.

13.1 percent of BBC senior officials were people of colour, up from 12.6 percent and exceeding the 13 percent target.

By 2026, the BBC wants to make sure that 13% of all employees and top leaders are disabled.

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Marcia Williams is appointed as Channel 4’s first director of inclusion in the UK.

Marcia Williams has been named as the first director of inclusion at British television network Channel 4.

Williams, whose nearly 30-year career in diversity and inclusion includes work at the U.K. Film Council, will join the company in August from Transport for London, report to chief executive officer of Channel 4 Alex Mahon, and also join the senior management board.

With the employee-focused 4Inclusion team reporting to her to help enhance alignment internally and externally, both on and off screen, Williams will be responsible for the strategic direction of inclusion and diversity at Channel 4.
Williams stated that the new position “is an assurance that Channel 4 is laser-focused on pushing forward to develop innovative and impactful approaches to approach challenges of fairness and inclusivity across its talent and business procedures in order to achieve and sustain meaningful impact.”

Read more 

 


The best digital channels, content producers, and channels in the UK are recognised by the Broadcast Digital Awards. The winning work is chosen by some of the most well-known figures in the industry as a celebration of the most imaginative, interactive, and innovative work of the previous year. The Brewery in London hosted the awards event for this year on July 5, 2022.

Below are some of the winners:

The best documentary programme was Alba Sotorra Productions and Metfilm’s The return: living after ISIS for Sky Documentaries.

Race Around Britain by Expectation and Munz developed it for YouTube won the award for best entertaining programme.

The most watched factual programme was Dave’s Big Zuu’s Big Eats.

Drunk history: Black stories, Comedy Central for Comedy Central YouTube, wins for best short-form format.

List here to see the rest of the winners

The YouTube Original featuring Big Zuu honours the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

One of the black entertainers honouring Nelson Mandela’s legacy for a YouTube Originals Black Voices Fund series is Big Zuu. The Nelson Mandela Foundation collaborates with VIS, Paramount’s international studio, to produce the five-part series The Mandela Project in Africa. It draws its inspiration from Nelson Mandela Day, which promotes volunteering in the community.
Beginning the series, Big Zuu collaborates with an aspiring young female farmer and his buddies Hyder and Tubsey from UKTV’s Big Zuu’s Big Eats to work in a communal garden in London.

On July 18, Nelson Mandela Day, the series will be made available on BET’s YouTube account. Ndaba Mandela, a descendant of Nelson Mandela, serves as the series’ narrator and offers firsthand accounts of his grandfather.

Read more

 

Channel 4 requests a review of “anti-racist” workplace policies.

A HR consulting firm has been contracted by Channel 4 to conduct an investigation into how to foster a “anti-racist” culture. According to The Times, which broke the news first, Caerus Executive will conduct the study, which will comprise private interviews with current and past staff.  In order to determine what “hinders inclusion” at the organisation, the HR firm will compare the broadcaster to other organisations.

As part of its Black to Front legacy, C4 has released its commissioning criteria on diversity and disability.

According to the rules, at least 20% of the editorial decision-makers and senior team members must come from ethnically diverse backgrounds. They also pledge to depict people from varied backgrounds both on and off-screen.

Read more

BBC exceeds annual goals for diversity in terms of race and ethnicity, but falls short on disability.

The BBC is on track to reach its workforce diversity goals for female and black, Asian, and minority ethnic employees, but it is still behind schedule in terms of its objectives for people with disabilities.   The percentage of disabled employees increased overall to 9.3 percent from 8 percent the previous year, falling just short of the objective of 9.7 percent set for March 2022.

Women made up 49.5% of employees overall and 47.5% of employees in senior leadership roles, both marginally higher than the previous year and, for the first time, above the annual targets of 48.8% and 46.4 percent, respectively.

In contrast, 16.4% of all staff members identified as black, Asian, or from a minority ethnic origin, up from 15.9% last year and above the target of 15.9%.

13.1 percent of BBC senior officials were people of colour, up from 12.6 percent and exceeding the 13 percent target.

By 2026, the BBC wants to make sure that 13% of all employees and top leaders are disabled.

Read more