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Broadcasters slammed for missing own hiring targets

BROADCASTERS are repeatedly failing to hit their own targets to recruit staff from ethnic minorities, Bectu conference heard on Saturday.
The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union delegates named and shamed the BBC, Sky and Channel 4 at their conference for an ongoing lack of diversity.
All three broadcasters have set targets, policies and strategies for recruiting and retaining Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workers.
However equality and diversity officer Janice Turner said they have failed to meet them.
Bectu resolved to hold the trio to account by publicly challenging them and lobbying to make the issue a priority.
The union will also lobby Labour to outline it own policies on how the party will improve diversity in the workplace.
Black members’ committee chairman Winston Phillips discussed the union’s own work towards equality and diversity.
This included the return of the union’s Move On Up diversity project after a two-year break.
Move On Up is a large-scale networking event that helps ethnic minority professionals to meet industry bosses.

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