ViacomCBS Networks UK, which runs channels including MTV, Comedy Central and Channel 5 has committed to a range of diversity initiatives. Their press release gives sparse details of the schemes (listed below) and we will update when more information is released
- Implementing a “no diversity, no commission” content policy for its suppliers and extending CDN’s Diamond diversity data monitoring across all its pay TV brands, in addition to terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5.
- Hiring a new role within its commissioning team responsible for identifying and developing diverse talent on and off screen, at all levels. This new position will help launch and run a diverse contributors search titled New Faces, New Voices to boost on-screen representation.
- Creating a new “Promotion Opportunity Project,” which will identify and support the promotion of BAME talent in the UK production sector. This initiative is part of its commitment to nurturing diverse off-screen talent and will champion a number of mid-level freelancers and aid their career progression, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on a primetime commission.
- From an organisational perspective, ViacomCBS will implement a raft of measures to embed inclusion into its strategy and leadership decisions. It will create an inclusion board to ally its senior leadership team in the UK with its employee resource groups and will give quarterly reports on performance.
- A new BAME talent sponsorship programme will pair senior leaders with diverse talent to fuel career advancement and advocacy. The company will build on existing inclusive leadership/unconscious bias training for all senior leaders and hiring managers, with How to Ally training available to all employees.