Idris Elba, Russell T Davies and Neil Gaiman encourage investment in minority programming

News Rob Leane
21 Aug 2014 - 07:51

Idris Elba, Neil Gaiman, Russell T Davies and more are lobbying for change...

Idris Elba, known on the small screen for Luther and The Wire predominantly, has become the face of a campaign reaching out to the televisual powers that be in the UK. They're attempting to encourage more investment in minority programming.

Elba, along with Russell T Davies, Daniel Craig, Emma Thompson, Lenny Henry, Neil Gaiman and more, spoke out by co-signing an open letter to the BBC, ITV and other networks, which was published recently by The Guardian.

"We are dismayed at the poor numbers of black, Asian and minority ethnic people both on our screens and working behind the camera," the letter reads.

"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," continued the letter.

"We propose, therefore, a solution that would almost immediately stimulate growth throughout the BAME [black, Asian and minority ethnic] creative community: a ringfenced pot of money for BAME programs," the group proposed.

"The effect of this fund would be to engender and encourage television that would reflect one of Britain’s greatest strengths — our diversity."

The open letter added further credence to its argument by highlight the frightening statistic that only 5% of those working in the U.K. creative industries have minority backgrounds, compared with their 12.5% stake in Britain's total population.

A decision like this could really shake up the television world for the better. We look forward to seeing a response, which we will be sure to pass on.


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