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A Future for Public Service Television$
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Des Freedman and Vana Goblot

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781906897710

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.001.0001

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Are You Being Heard?

Are You Being Heard?

(p.258) 33 Are You Being Heard?
A Future for Public Service Television

Lenny Henry

The MIT Press

A Skillset census revealed that between 2006 and 2012, the number of BAMEs (Black, Asian and minority ethnic people) working in the UK TV Industry declined by 30.9 per cent. Many of the big TV companies and broadcasters seemed to think that more training initiatives were the easy fix. They set up several BAME training schemes, management training, youth training, even trainee commissioners. This chapter suggests that when the only tangible solution on the table to create significant and sustainable change is training, it can be argued that, inadvertently, the perception being perpetuated of the BAME creative community — the reason why BAME people are leaving the industry and why their numbers are at their lowest in years — is because they are not good enough.

Keywords:   Skillset, census, minorities, UK TV industry, broadcasting industry, ethnic diversity, minority ethnic people

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