BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky are backing Project Diamond, which will monitor gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity
Source: The Guardian
By: Tara Conlan
Shows such as EastEnders and Coronation Street are to be monitored for diversity following the launch of a new system that measures the ethnic, gender and sexual orientation makeup of British television.
The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky are taking part in Project Diamond, which will gather data about the background of those working on all UK programmes.
All key staff, from actors to sound technicians, will be asked about their gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity via a confidential, encrypted computer system.
The organisation behind Diamond, the Creative Diversity Network, is also looking at making public how shows such as EastEnders measure up.
CDN executive director Amanda Ariss said it is “one of the things we are looking at at the moment”. However, while it might be possible to monitor some of the most-watched programmes individually, she said the project does not have the resources to do it for all shows.
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