What can you point to that suggests it’s not working?
I admit I misread the quoted line and didn’t spot the word ‘talent’ and (assuming that refers to on-screen talent) I don’t have any data on on-screen talent to hand. But here’s an article on the industry as a whole: https://www.businessfast.co.uk/the-bame-screen-test-does-british-tv-lack-diversity/
Certainly, anecdotally, it doesn’t feel like minority demographics are represented enough on-screen. Sure, there are people of colour in many different settings, but that isn’t the same as true representation.
I did find this from February this year: https://creativediversitynetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/CDN_Diamond_25Feb.pdf
Disabled people make just 5.2% of contributions off-screen, lower than the national workforce estimate (17%). Over-50s make 20.6% of off-screen contributions, which is low compared to the national workforce estimate of 31%. Those identifying as transgender make just 0.2% of off-screen contributions, whereas estimates indicate they represent 0.8% of the population.
Off-screen, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups are again slightly underrepresented in this year’s estimates, making 12.3% of contributions compared to 13% national workforce estimate.
On-screen, we generally find a more positive picture. Those who identify as female, transgender, BAME, and lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) are all represented on-screen in line with (or exceeding) national population estimates. However, disabled people and over-50s are both still under-represented on-screen, making 7.8% and 24.6% of contributions respectively.
It is within these detailed breakdowns that we are able to identify additional imbalances within the diversity characteristic groups. For example, although our estimates suggest that representation by LGB people in TV production is higher than national population estimates,
Diamond data shows us that gay men are by far the most represented in the LGB group. This is particularly noticeable off-screen, where gay men are making more than three times as many contributions as lesbians/gay women, and account for around two-thirds of all off-screen contributions by LGB people.
Looking at the headline data by ethnic origin, we find that those who identify as South Asian are the least represented among different ethnic groups, both on and off-screen.
Only 3% of off-screen contributions captured in Diamond were made by people who describe themselves as South Asian, which is low considering that 4.7% of the working age population and 5.3% of the overall population consider themselves to be Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi.
Diamond data is building a particularly complex picture in relation to contributions made by those who are BAME. There are parts of the industry where BAME representation appears to be high, such as in many on-screen roles, but in contrast we find very low representation in other areas, particularly off-screen. We report on some of these variations later in this report, and in our published data tables. Later in 2020, CDN will also use the breadth of the Diamond data we now have to deliver a more detailed analysis report specifically about BAME representation across the industry