NUJ responds to project Diamond preliminary results
25 August 2017
The NUJ has given a qualified welcome to the publication by the Creative Diversity Network of the first set of data from project Diamond. The project aims to monitor equality in the TV production industry.
Seamus Dooley, NUJ acting general secretary, said:
“The initial data has illustrated our existing concerns, that we share with other trade unions, about the resilient lack of diversity within the broadcasting sector. At the outset of project Diamond as a research initiative, we raised concerns about its remit and the levels of engagement from stakeholders.
“The preliminary findings are a useful starting point but the value of the data is undermined because it is unnecessarily partial. This is due to the limitations placed upon the project by its industry partners. We need complete transparency from media companies if project Diamond is to make an impact. The NUJ will continue to campaign for a diverse, more equal media and these results yet again vindicate our work.”
According to the research finding published this week, disabled people and the over-50s are two of the most under-represented groups in broadcasting. At present, broadcasters have so far refused to publish equality monitoring data for individual programmes or series. This information is necessary to be able to clearly identify the areas that are more diverse than others. Without the commitment from industry to share and publish this information, it will continue to be difficult to address existing discrimination in media employment not only on screen but behind the scenes as well.