Minority Representation Increases In Newsrooms, But Still Lags General Population

Minority journalists represent a growing number of employees in TV and radio newsrooms, according to the most recent report from the latest RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Survey, even reaching record numbers in radio newsrooms. But there’s still a large gap between the minority population in the U.S. and the minority workforce in local news.

TV Study: White Men Favored As Big-Budget Series Creators

The series greenlit for TV’s 2020-21 season furthered diversity on and off-screen but white men had a significant edge in creating high-budget series, said the University of California, Los Angeles, study released Thursday. The difference is most apparent in the digital realm that includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and other streaming services, according to the latest Hollywood Diversity Report from UCLA’s Entertainment and Media Research Initiative.

Nielsen Tells FCC It Could Have A Streaming Diversity Reporting Solution

Nielsen has told the FCC it is working on a product to analyze “behind the camera” as well as on-screen diversity that could give the agency most of the information it may be looking for without making programmers and distributors, including streamers owned by media companies with FCC licenses, have to certify that information.

NBCU Ups Kimberly King To VP Of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion For Global Advertising & Partnerships

After Layoffs At Netflix, Questions Mount Over Diversity Efforts

Netflix’s layoffs included dozens of people who promoted diversity on its social media channels, causing some to question its commitment to inclusion.

Broadcasters Blame Big Tech For Diversity Deficits

Broadcasters are pushing back hard on the FCC’s potential restoration of the mandate that broadcasters file data on the diversity of their workforces and that the data be available to the public, including by blaming Big Tech for some of broadcasting’s diversity recruiting problems.

PBS Announces Diversity Initiatives; Will Launch On TikTok

PBS today announced several new long-term initiatives to support diversity in public media. They include a commitment to create a pipeline of diverse documentary filmmakers and a pledge to include more diverse perspectives in key production roles. PBS also announced it will launch on the video-focused social media platform TikTok. PBS President-CEO Paula Kerger announced the initiatives Tuesday at the TCA Winter Press Tour.

Latinos Vastly Underrepresented In Media, New Report Finds

Latinos are perpetually absent in major newsrooms, Hollywood films and other media industries where their portrayals — or lack thereof — could deeply impact how their fellow Americans view them, according to a government report released Tuesday.

CNN Unveils New Inclusion Brand Campaign Amid Hiring Push

The promo effort, “We are CNN,” will include a 4 minute short film and a 60 second spot as the media company staffs up for hundreds of roles for its streaming expansion.

Sony Pictures Television, EbonyLife Set African Writers Initiative Alo

Color of Change Launches New Writer’s Room Database and Anti-Racist Training Directory

The #ChangeHollywood Writer’s Room Database of Experts and Anti-Racist Trainer Directory are resources aimed at helping the industry fulfill all its anti-racist pledges made following the national social justice protests last year.

Netflix TV Chief Laments Lack Of Diverse Emmy Winners: ‘Ultimately, The Voters Decide’

Disability Advocate Blasts CBS For Not Making Accessible Ramp Easily Visible On TV

Winslet Shouts Out Nominees ‘In This Decade That Has To Be About Women Having Each Other’s Backs’

Emmys Take Step Back In Diversity With No Wins For Acting During Main Telecast

The 2021 Emmy Award nominations showed major improvement in recognizing the contributions of BIPOC talent, and Black performers had a strong showing at the Creative Arts ceremonies. But this positive upswing was more of a wrecking ball on Sunday night when nominees of color failed to win most categories, including all six acting fields.

NAB: FCC’s Own Policies Hurt Media Diversity

Industry group cites ‘outdated’ ownership rules’ impact on competitiveness against Big Tech.

Apocalyptic Series ‘Y: The Last Man’ Is Actually About Workplace Inequality

Starks: Broadcast Ownership Report Still Shows Diversity Deficit

The FCC has released its fifth report on broadcast ownership, according to FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, and there is some slight improvement in the number of women and minority-owned stations, but the emphasis is on the “slight.”

NAB Slots Diversity Symposium At NAB Show

The National Association of Broadcasters is launching a new NAB Show Diversity Symposium at the 2021 NAB Show. The two-part program will cover strategies for developing and fostering corporate diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the media industry. The symposium will take place Sunday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention […]

Rachel Nichols Is Back On The Air, But The Fallout At ESPN Is Just Beginning

Nichols returned to the air three days after audio emerged of her talking about a Black colleague, Maria Taylor. The saga is sparking new questions about ESPN’s record on race and diversity.

Study Finds Lack Of Latino Representation At San Antonio Stations

Study: TV Falls Short Of Off-Camera Inclusivity

A new University of California, Los Angeles, study released Thursday points up a lag in diversity in behind-the-camera jobs and among TV executives as measured by the yardsticks of race and gender. As of September 2020, the study found that whites held 92% of chair and CEO positions at TV networks and studios, with men filling 68% of those posts. Among senior executives, 84% were white and 60% were male. Above, Channing Dungey was recently named chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group, starting her tenure at the studio early next year.

FCC Diversity Committee: Yes, There Is Systemic Racism

Refomery29 Reeling From Claims Of Racism, Toxic Work Culture

New Era Of Change Hits Newsrooms

Pai: Court Has Impeded FCC Diversity Efforts

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he has been trying to focus on diversity for the last couple of years,but has been hampered by the courts. Pai was asked during his post public meeting press conference on June 9 about the link between media ownership and the wider conversation in the country about racial justice, whether the FCC was doing enough to promote media diversity and what more it could do.

TV Writers Group Calls On Industry Leaders To Hire Black Writers, Commit To Equal Pay

Big Missteps Put Focus On Newsroom Diversity

When the Pittsburgh Post Gazette pulled reporter Alexis Johnson off coverage of protests triggered by George Floyd’s death, nobody anticipated it would lead to a staff revolt and become a national story, part of an extraordinary week where the news media’s sluggishness in promoting diversity became part of the national conversation.

Inside The Revolts Erupting In America’s Big Newsrooms

Staff members’ demands helped end the tenure of James Bennet as Opinion editor of The New York Times. And they are generating tension at The Washington Post. Part of the story starts in Ferguson, Mo.

Rachel Lindsay Threatens To Leave ‘The Bachelor’

After 24 Bachelor contestants and 15 Bachelorettes, the franchise’s sole black lead, Rachel Lindsay, is ready to dissociate with ABC’s reality series entirely if it doesn’t immediately address its problem with diversity.

Understanding the Minority Tax Certificate And Its Potential For Promoting Diversity In Broadcast Ownership

Broadcasting Station Ownership Diversity Lacking

The vast majority of broadcast station ownership in the U.S. is still made up of white men, according to the most recent data from the FCC’s fourth biennial report on broadcast station ownership, which represents how things looked in 2017. Prior to this report, the last bit of information available was from 2015.

ViacomCBS Cuts Diversity Staff In Consolidation

ViacomCBS is letting go of staff amid a reorganization of its corporate diversity and inclusion department. Sources tell Variety that the cuts are concentrated in CBS’s legacy corporate-diversity department.

NATPE 2020

Tartikoff Honorees Push Diversity, Press Freedom

On Wednesday evening, NATPE presented its 17th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards at a dinner in Miami. The winners (l-r): Marcos Santana, president of NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Global Studios; Courtney A. Kemp, television creator, producer and writer; Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president; actress Christine Baranski; and Jeff Zucker, chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports and president, CNN Worldwide. The dinner benefits the NATPE Educational Foundation, with a portion going to the Broadcasters Federation of America.

Hilarie Burton Says She Left Hallmark Film After ‘Diverse Casting’ Request Ignored

How Streaming, Diversity, #MeToo Shaped TV

As the decade ends, nothing about TV is the same, whether it’s how much television we consume; how and where we do it; who gets to make it, and the level of respect given the creatively emboldened small screen. We don’t just watch TV, we binge it until we’re bleary-eyed if not sated. We still change channels with a remote control, but more often we’re logging in to watch shows on our phones or other devices and on our schedules, not network-dictated appointment TV.

CBS Chief Ianniello Touts Reforms

With his company poised to merge once more with fellow media conglomorate Viacom, CEO Joe Ianniello on Tuesday addressed CBS’s diversity and inclusion efforts in a company-wide memo.

How Trans Journalists Are Challenging — And Changing — Journalism

NBC Unveils Classes For Female Forward And The Emerging Director Program


CBS Brass Face Criticism Over Diversity

Despite CBS programming programming chiefs touting their strides with diversity in front of and behind the camera today, they continued to come under fire by the TCA press corps for mismanaging inclusivity on the network’s reality programs like Big Brother and Survivor.