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02 March 2017

Channel 4 to provide opportunities to 40 directors from under-represented groups

This morning (Thursday 2 March) in Parliament Channel 4 unveiled its 360° Diversity Charter – Two Years On report which reviews diversity achievements in 2016 and focusses on four key areas for 2017.

The charter’s Four New Frontiers for 2017 will increase the diversity of programme directors in TV; spotlight BAME career progression at Channel 4; improve diversity in the advertising industry; and pioneer a new social mobility strategy.

40 Directors

Channel 4 will aim to provide opportunities to 40 TV programme directors from under-represented groups – BAME, female and disabled people – in a bid to improve the diversity of directors within the industry.

The broadcaster will also enhance the careers of ten high potential BAME talent working at Channel 4 to improve BAME representation at more senior levels.

The 360° Diversity Charter, launched in 2015, introduced Channel 4’s Commissioning Diversity Guidelines which set targets to ensure programmes across all genres work towards improving on and off-screen diversity. In 2016 83% of Channel 4 commissions met the guidelines.

Find out more about the strategy via Channel 4.

Read the 2017 report here.