Marcus Ryder is a leading figure in the efforts to increase diversity and representation in the UK media industry.

He coordinated the campaign for film and television “diversity tax breaks” to increase the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people working in the film and television industry. The campaign has the backing of major industry figures such as Sir Lenny Henry, Myra Syal CBE and Adrian Lester OBE, as well as all the major entertainment unions. The campaign has had several meetings with Downing Street, Treasury and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as well as opposition party.

In 2019 he gave evidence to the House of Lords Communications Committee on how to increase diversity in Public Service Broadcasting.

Marcus Ryder is currently based in Beijing as the Chief International Editor of CGTN News Digital overseeing the English language digital content of the Chinese national broadcaster. He is on the ‘frontline’ of the biggest business story in the world reporting on the US-China trade war at CGTN and as a senior consultant for Caixin media (China’s leading business publication) and CKGSB (one China’s leading business schools).

Prior to moving to China he was the Head of Current Affairs at BBC Scotland for almost ten years, winning numerous awards and overseeing the coverage of the independence referendum.