Radio industry needs to reflect UK’s diversity

Ofcom boss Sharon White says broadcasters must act to attract wider range of talent. Ethnic minorities, disabled people and women are all under-represented in the UK’s radio industry, according to a new report, prompting warnings that its output may be out of step with what modern British audiences want to hear. According to research by the media regulator Ofcom just … Read More

Disabled Man Wins Landmark Discrimination Case

A 64 year old London man with Multiple Sclerosis has won his claim of disability discrimination against a management company after it failed to make reasonable adjustments to enable him to use the leisure club at the block of flats in which he lives, and indirectly discriminated against him because of his disability. Alongside ruling that the management company had … Read More

BBC’s portrayal of diversity to come under scrutiny

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom is to investigate how well the BBC represents the diversity of the UK. The regulator said this would include speaking to audiences across the UK to “better understand their reflections on how the nations are represented and portrayed”. “We will also speak to people with a range of characteristics to better understand the concerns outlined by different … Read More

Avril Hitman: What next?

There is still much to do in the world of inclusion and equality, even in the 21st century.  Individuals with a learning disability can be excluded from participating fully in society through being disadvantaged by their disability. Leadership opportunities are still lacking. Arts Council England recently published statistics, detailing that 20% of the working age of the population identify as … Read More

Interview with 2017 Lifetime Achiever Award Winner – Avril Hitman.

Avril founded Magpie Dance in 1985 as an inclusive contemporary dance company for people with learning disabilities, developing an innovative programme of participation, performance and training across the UK. Her uncompromising values and steadfast support of participants and their ability to confound expectations has enabled many people to lead more fulfilling lives. Avril has fuelled Magpie to develop a ground-breaking … Read More

Suranne Jones calls for gender equality and equal pay with 50/50 badge at the NTAs

Suranne Jones made quite the statement at the National Television Awards last night. Not only did she collect the award for Drama Performance for her role in Doctor Foster, but she campaigned for gender equality in the arts. The 39-year-old accessorised her red carpet suit with a 50/50 badge from Equal Representation for Actresses. Wearing the red and white badge … Read More

UK Ups Efforts To Fight Antisemetism Across a Variety of Fields

  A Week ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, initiatives to tackle antisemetism in the UK are being unveiled in a variety of fields, from soccer fields to university campuses to Parliament. Chelsea Football Club announced Tuesday that it will launch a campaign to raise awareness among players, staff, fans and the wider community about antisemitism in soccer. The club will … Read More

Diversity key to meeting childcare hours pledge

Men, ethnic minority candidates and older staff could be the answer to fulfilling a pledge to double free childcare hours. An estimated 11,000 workers are needed to meet the Scottish government’s flagship policy. Funded nursery places for eligible two-year-olds as well as all three and four-year-olds will rise from 600 hours a year to 1,140 hours a year by 2020. … Read More