There is a flurry of activity around the issue of diversity in the media and creative industries in Britain. I wonder if it isn’t influenced a bit by Steve McQueen’s success with 12 Years A Slave in the USA, where it secured numerous awards nominations. For a few months now there have been articles about Black British actors achieving success across the pond, and coming back to a higher profile and better jobs here: Idris Elba, David Harewood, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, to name a few.
I am not sure how long it will be up, but Radio 4 hosted a spiky discussion on diversity in the creative industries with actor Gary Beadle and Simon Albury, former chairman of the Royal Television Society, in which Simon pointedly took the BBC to task for its own record on diversity.
Also worth checking out: The Runnymede Trust’s new Race Card site has some great posts, videos and debates on diversity in general.