Some things are easier said than done. Broadcasting union Bectu has threatened to boycott a new diversity monitoring plan launched by broadcasters, the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky, claiming that all four are not being transparent enough about the sharing of data in order to make it work.
The project is due to start at the end of June, broadcasters due to provide information on the gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and any disabilities of staff working in front and behind the camera on all UK original productions. Gerry Morrissey, Bectu general secretary has written to the chief executives of all broadcasters commenting:
“Please do not underestimate the disenchantment of many black, Asian and minority ethnic community professionals with the broadcasters’ record, which has cost many thousands in lost income and has cost others their career, we do not wish to have to boycott Project Diamond, but as a democratic union we are governed by our members”.