360 Diversity Charter: One Year On launch in Parliament with Idris Elba
On 18 January we were proud to announce that 2016, the year of the Paralympic Games in Rio, will be Channel 4's Year of Disability.
Idris Elba was on hand to deliver a rabble-rousing speech, offering his views on diversity and what we need to do to effect real change in the industry. You can read his speech in full here.
Announced one year on from the launch of Channel 4’s 360° Diversity Charter, the Year of Disability includes major new commitments to increase representation of disabled people within the broadcasting industry – both on and off-screen, including doubling the number of disabled people appearing in 20 of Channel 4’s biggest shows – with disabled contributors contributing to hit programmes such as Gogglebox, The Island, Grand Designs, Hollyoaks, and First Dates.
£300,000 will be invested in new talent initiatives, with an off-screen commitment to progress the careers of 20 disabled people already working in the industry in Channel 4’s 20 biggest suppliers. And, within Channel 4, 50 per cent of all the broadcaster’s apprenticeships and 30 per cent of all its work experience placements will be ring fenced for disabled people.
The particular focus on disability in 2016 is in addition to the ongoing 30 initiatives outlined in Channel 4’s 360° Diversity Charter. You can read the full report here.
360 Diversity: One Year On
Watch speeches from David Abraham, Dan Brooke, Ed Vaizey and Idris Elba at the launch of Channel 4's 360 Diversity: One Year On Report in Parliament, January 2016.