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Sky today announces stretching new targets to improve the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people across its entertainment channels. The targets are designed to ensure that programmes on Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts better reflect the diversity of Sky’s 10.7 million TV customers in Britain and Ireland.
In addition, as the fastest-growing source of investment in original British programming, Sky wants to play a leading role in making the television industry more accessible to talented people from all backgrounds.
Sky’s new targets address the diversity of talent both on screen and behind the camera. To drive real and sustainable change, Sky will work closely with companies from the independent production sector to seek out and nurture new talent.
By the end of 2015, Sky aims to achieve the following targets for the new programmes it commissions for its entertainment channels.
On Screen Portrayal
All brand new, non-returning shows on Sky entertainment channels will have people from BAME backgrounds in at least 20% of significant on-screen roles. This commitment covers all genres of programmes, including drama, comedy, entertainment and factual.
All of Sky’s original programmes will have someone with a BAME background in at least one senior production role. This is aimed at providing more opportunities for people with BAME backgrounds to reach senior positions within the production community.
20% of writers* on all shows will be from BAME backgrounds in order to promote a greater diversity of voices in Sky programmes and scripts.
Sky will also be offering a 12 month placement within our commissioning team as part of the Creative Diversity Network’s Commissioning Leadership Programme.
Stuart Murphy, Sky’s Director of Entertainment said: “Sky is dedicated to making programmes that feel representative of every one of the millions of viewers that watch our content every day, whatever their colour. So we have tackled the issue with the same sense of ambition that we show in all other areas of our business, setting ourselves a set of tangible goals that will hold us to account. Our aim is to kick start a sea change in the on screen representation of ethnic minorities on British television. It’s an incredibly exciting time, and I am very proud that Sky is going to be at the forefront.”
Sky will continue to work closely with the CDN, which recently also unveiled its cross broadcaster plans.
Sky is the UK and Ireland’s leading home entertainment and communications company. Around 40% of all homes have a direct relationship with Sky through its range of TV, broadband and home telephony services.
Text of letter sent to: BBC director general Tony Hall, ITV chief executive Adam Crozier, Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham, BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch and Philippe Dauman, chief executive of new Channel 5 owner Viacom
We the undersigned are writing you this open letter because together you are responsible for the most powerful broadcasting institutions in Britain and are therefore in a unique position to shape and form the future of British television.
We are dismayed at the poor numbers of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people both on our screens and working behind the camera
Today, only 5% of employees in our creative industries are BAME, despite BAME’s making up 12.5% of the total UK population.
In order to redress this imbalance, we believe that the training, mentoring and development schemes recently announced, although welcome, are not sufficiently radical to effect significant change.
We propose, therefore a solution that would almost immediately stimulate growth throughout the BAME creative community: a ring–fenced pot of money for BAME programmes.
The effect of this fund would be to engender and encourage television that would reflect one of Britain’s greatest strengths; our diversity.
Let us be clear about how this ring-fenced money would work. It is about quality of programming, not quantity: money is only spent when quality projects are identified – not to fill a quota. The major broadcasters have already set targets for the number of programmes produced outside London, and in the nations.
To increase ethnic diversity we are asking you to look at what has worked before and extend it for BAME communities. Ring-fencing money would not only guarantee results, but also create a more stable space for BAME talent on screen and behind the camera.
Troy Titus Adams
Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE
Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE
Gurinder Chadha OBE
Act for Change
Dominic Cooke CBE
Richard Curtis CBE
Stephen Daldry CBE
Russell T Davies OBE
Nadine Marsh Edwards
Sir Richard Eyre CBE
David Harewood MBE
Lenny Henry CBE
Baroness Doreen Lawrence
Adrian Lester OBE
Phyllida Lloyd CBE
Simon McBurney OBE
Lynda La Plante CBE
Stephen Poliakoff CBE
Kristin Scott Thomas
Elaine C Smith
Lord Alan Sugar
Meera Syal MBE
Richard Wilson OBE
N.U.B.A.A AWARDS 2014 is here again and they are looking for the FACE…THE FACE OF N.U.B.A.A. An Ambassador that will help to promote EDUCATION, a SPOKES PERSON, A Role Model and much more, here in the UK and Internationally.
The last audition for Miss Nigeria Europe 2014 will take place on the 31 of August 2014 in London. It is open to all females of Nigerian Origin that are between the ages of 17 and 35 that are legally resident in Europe.
BBC World Service
7.32am: Love from Hate
Lourens Groenewald is a white South African and a former policeman, who was involved in the notorious suppression of the Soweto Uprising. Dorah Mazibuko is a black South African whose son was active in the fight against apartheid. Mpho Lakaje tells the story of their unlikely friendship.
8pm: Tutu’s Children (Ep3)
Young African leaders are challenged to put their ideas into practice on the ground, and breaking African taboos tests their friendships.
11pm: Egypt’s Lost Cities
Dallas Campbell and Liz Bonnin join Dr Sarah Parcak on a journey to Egypt to find out whether cities, temples and pyramids are lying beneath the sands. The potential existence of the buildings was suggested by satellites as part of an alternative approach to archaeology
BBC World Service
6.32pm: Discovery: Antibiotics Resistance Crisis
The discovery and harnessing of antibiotic drugs in the mid twentieth century led some medics to predict the end of infectious diseases. But the bacteria fought and continue to fight back, evolving resistance to many of the drugs that used to kill them. Public health officials warn that without new drugs, medicine will return to the days where ‘a cut finger on Monday leads to death of Friday’. Without protective antibiotics to keep infections at bay, scores of standard surgical operations and chemotherapy for cancer will become too risky.
Roland Pease looks at scientific issues behind the gathering crisis. The last new class of antibiotics was discovered in the 1980s. Are there any others in the pipeline?
8pm: Tonight: The Food we Eat
New series. A second run of programmes exploring Britain’s relationship with food. One in five families eat convenience food at least three times a week and it is claimed only one in six cook a fresh meal from scratch every day. Jonathan Maitland investigates what can be done to get the nation back in the kitchen.
9pm: Horizon: Should I Eat Meat- The Big Health Dilemma (Pt1)
In the first of two programmes this week investigating the truth about meat, Michael Mosley asks if those summer barbecue favourites – burgers and sausages – are as bad as some people think. He puts the latest scientific findings to the test on a high-meat diet to discover whether eating beef and bacon every day will do him any harm.
11.05pm: Dispatches: Nigeria’s Hidden War
The kidnap of almost 300 schoolgirls by Nigeria’s hardline Islamist fighters Boko Haram in Chibok in April caused international outrage. It sparked a global campaign demanding their return and pledges of increased military support to Nigeria from the UK, the US and other nations.
However, as the girls languish in guerrilla camps with no sign of rescue, Dispatches reporter Evan Williams investigates another side to Nigeria’s war on Islamist terror – claims of a violent campaign by its security forces against ordinary civilians.
BBC Radio 4
4.30pm: Great Lives – Baroness Oona King on Ida B. Wells
Matthew Parris leads a discussion on Ida B. Wells the African American civil rights and women’s rights activist who was a political trailblazer.
Throughout her life, Wells was militant in her demands for equality and justice for black Americans and she encouraged the African American community to fight for positive change through their own efforts.
She was an investigative journalist who highlighted the practice of lynching in the United States, showing how it was used as a way to control or punish blacks , often under the guise of trumped up rape charges. Ida was also active in women’s rights and the women’s suffrage movement, establishing several notable women’s organizations.
She was a skilled and inspiring rhetorician, and traveled internationally on lecture tours. She is the great life chosen this week by Baroness Oona King.
BBC Radio 4
2.32pm: The Documentary – Roots Reggae and Rebellion
Rastafari is Jamaica’s most famous export. British musican and poet Akala examines the culture of his Rastafarian heritage.
8pm: Witness: Bnking the Unbanked
Is microfinance the answer to poverty? Two young Gambian bankers work to make their microfinance institution Reliance into a successful business.
9pm: Horizon: Should I Eat Meat – How to Feed the Planet
Part two of two. Every year roughly 65 billion animals are slaughtered globally for food – nine for every living person. In this documentary, Michael Mosley examines the impact this is having on the planet and finds out what meat we should be buying if we want to be eco-friendly carnivores. Is it better to purchase free-range organic or factory-farmed options? The answers are far from obvious.
12.10am: Something from Nothing – The Art of Rap
Documentary in which rapper and actor Ice-T visits both old-school icons and reigning superstars to discuss the art behind rap music. With contributions from Dr Dre, Eminem, Run DMC and Snoop Lion.
BBC Radio 4
11am: Democracy and the Arts in South Africa
Twenty years on from the end of apartheid, what role can the arts play now in helping South African society develop? Recorded with an audience at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Bridget Kendall talks to playwright Mike Van Graan, poet Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, arts journalist Percy Mabandu, and jazz singer Nomfundo Xaluva who performs live for us.
NIGERIAN Watch is launching an African Business UK Directory coming out in October 2014 as part of an ongoing drive to facilitate intra-African commerce across the community.
Launched in March 2012, Nigerian Watch has established itself as the undisputed market leader in the UK’s Diaspora publishing industry in just over two years. In addition to this, the paper’s online newspaper has attracted over 2m readers, making it the foremost ethnic minority newspaper in the UK.
To build on this success, Nigerian Watch has decided to launch an African business directory to enable Africans engaged in commerce to have easy access to each other. Its first edition comes out in October 2014 and will be marketed extensively around the UK and beyond to give each business maximum exposure.
Maryanne Jemide, Nigerian Watch’s managing director, said: “Our first edition will have 30,000 copies printed and it will be distributed using our already well-established distribution locations, which includes, supermarkets, local shops, specific tube and train stations, African churches, restaurants, African embassies, African banks etc. Over the last 10 years an increasing number of Africans have opened businesses in the UK and a lot of them are thriving and doing very well.
“As a result, Nigerian Watch has decided to launch this directory in order to further promote and assist all African businesses in the UK to grow and expand. This directory will cover all business categories including money transfer, beauty salons, telecoms, entertainment, events/exhibitions, fitness, health & beauty, hair & make-up, hairdressers, legal services, painters & decorators, taxis, tuition, venues, solicitors, shipping, accountants, estate agents, wedding cakes/candy, universities & colleges, car and coach hire, car sales, carpenters & joiners, carpet cleaners and caterers but to name a few.”
To advertise in the directory, business can either call 020 8588 9640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Previously a monthly publication which came out on the last Friday of every month, Nigerian Watch became so popular its management decided to double its print run and 50,000 copies are now printed a fortnight.
Europe’s biggest award ceremony celebrating black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts has officially opened it’s grand 6th year anniversary public nominations. BEFFTA awards, founded by entrepreneur, TV presenter and philanthropist Pauline Long in 2009 is back for the 6th year to celebrate greatness within the African and Caribbean community.
The 6th year BEFFTA UK anniversary is set to take place on 24th and 25th October at The Hippodrome. The awards ceremony is expected to be celebrated in a very grand style bringing together several international and UK stars under one roof with a common goal to celebrate and honor both unknown and known hard working and extremely talented personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.
With legendary personality Sir Trevor McDonald celebrated at past BEFFTA UK with a lifetime achievement award, BEFFTA awards UK team looks forward to celebrating yet another deserving legend who will be revealed soon.
The general public can nominate in the following categories by sending names and details of nominees to
1. Best Female Act
2. Best Male Act
3. Best Gospel Act
4. Best International Act
5. Best UK AfroBeats Act
6. Best UK Caribbean Act
7. Best International Afrobeats Act
8. Best International Caribbean Act
9. Best Producer
10. Best Video Director
11. Best Music Video Producer
12. Best Music Video DOP
13. Best Music Video
1. Best Dance Act
2. Best Dance Choreographer
1. Best Comedian
1. Station of the year
2. Radio personality of the year
1. Best Community Newspaper
2. Magazine of the year
3. Journalist of the year
4. Blog of the year
1. Best Events Promoter
1. DJ of the year
1. Best Photographer
1. Best Male Fashion Designer
2. Best Female Fashion Designer
1. Best Hair Stylist
2. Best Wardrobe Stylist
1. Best Make-up Artist
1. Best Fashion Choreographer
1. Best male model
2. Best female model
3. Best Modelling Agency
1. Best Beauty Pageant
2. Best Beauty Queen
3. Best Former Beauty Queen
4. Best Beauty Pageant Director
1. Best director
2. Best Actor
3. Best Actresses
4. Best Film
5. Best screenwriter/Scriptwriter
6. Best theatre production
7. Best Cinematographer
8. Best Producer
1. Best Actress
2. Best Actor:
3. Best TV Station
4. Best TV Show
5. Best TV personality
6. Best presenter
7. Best Webseries
8. Best online TV
1. Best Spoken Word Artist/Poets
2. Best Art Director
3. Best Author
BEFFTA UK Special Awards 2014
1. BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD
2. BEFFTA INSPIRATION AWARD
3. BEFFTA FASHION ICON
4. BEFFTA FILM ICON
5. BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON
6. BEFFTA MEDIA ICON
7. BEFFTA CREATIVE PERSONALITY
8. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD
9. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD
10. BEFFTA FEMALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
11. BEFFTA MALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
BEFFTA UK public nominations will close on 28th August 2014.
For more information visit www.beffta.com/news
To sponsor BEFFTA UK 2014 6th year grand anniversary email email@example.com
To get involved in BEFFTA UK 2014 6th year grand anniversary email firstname.lastname@example.org
BRAND NEW on The Africa Channel,=; The New Way to Shop, a brand new Home Shopping Show, bringing you bargains and low prices on all top Black haircare, makeup and fashion accessories.
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