BREAKING THE CLASS CEILING

“THE TRUTH IS, IT’S AN INDUSTRY THAT’S POSH.”

With ever-increasing scrutiny of the social make-up of our media organisations, Edinburgh TV Festival hosted a special debate with ITN and ScreenSkills that explored the class ceiling and the ways in which the industry can break it down.

What Can Organisations do to break the Class Ceiling?

Measure and monitor socio-economic background of staff

Publish data on socio-economic backgrounds of all staff, senior leaders (even internal class pay gap)

Commission research to identify your own, firm-specific, barriers to progression

Take intersectionality seriously

Identify a senior leader to champion socio-economic diversity

Formalise the informal (in terms of work allocation employee sponsorship and performance management)

Start a conversation about talent

Ban unpaid and unadvertised internships

Lobby for socio-economic background to become a protected characteristic!

ABOUT PANELLISTS

Femi Otitoju

Training Director

Challenge Consultancy Ltd

Jackie Long

Social Affairs Editor & Presenter

C4 News

Kelly Webb-Lamb

Deputy Director of Programmes and Head of Popular Factual

Channel 4

Louise Ashley

Senior Lecturer

Royal Holloway, University of London

Sam Friedman

Associate Professor in Sociology

London School of Economics

Tracy Brabin MP

MP and Shadow Minister for Early Years

Batley & Spen

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