Hundreds of Black and Asian radio workers network with top industry figures

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date: 25 October 2006

embargo: 00:01 hrs Friday 27 October 2006

Over 70 senior radio figures will today (Friday) hold nearly 700 one-to-one meetings with over 200 Black and Asian media professionals to build contacts at a ground-breaking event aimed at tackling their under-representation in the radio industry.

Only 1.8 per cent* of broadcast radio workers are Black or Asian, and to tackle the lack of diversity in radio, BECTU, the broadcasting union and organisers of the 'Move On Up in Radio' career-building event, will also announce today the setting up of a new industry group. A number of organisations have already agreed to join the group including the BBC, GCap, Emap Radio, Independent Radio News, the Radio Centre, the Radio Independents' Group and the Radio Academy.

Today's event at the TUC's Congress House is an outstanding opportunity for black and Asian media professionals to discuss career issues and make contact with senior figures from most BBC radio channels and all the main commercial radio companies including GCap, Emap Radio, Chrysalis, Capital Radio, Choice FM, Kiss FM, Magic, Galaxy, LBC, 4Radio and Independent Radio News.

BECTU diversity officer Janice Turner, organiser of 'Move on Up in Radio', says: 'We've been delighted by the enthusiasm from the BBC, our long-term partners in 'Move on Up', and from commercial radio, which greeted our invitation to participate in 'Move on Up in Radio', and it was clear that there was an industry-wide desire to take the partnership forward. We look forward to working with the radio industry on new and enduring initiatives in the new Radio Industry Diversity Group.'

Speaking at 'Move on Up in Radio', TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will say:

'Contacts are king in the broadcast industry. Radio workers often get jobs and commissions through people they know. 'Move on Up in Radio' is an innovative way of helping Black and Asian media workers make solid contacts and develop their careers. And the new Radio Industry Diversity Group goes further, showing that unions and employers in the industry are determined to make radio more representative of broader society.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

'Move on Up in Radio' takes place at TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, from 9am - 5pm on Friday 27 October. Throughout the day nearly 700 one-to-one meetings will take place between black and Asian media workers and over 70 senior radio industry figures, as well as workshops on career development and radio industry issues. Media credentials are available through the TUC press office.

*Skillset Employment Census 2004

Contacts:

Media enquiries: Ben Hurley T: 020 7467 1248; M: 07881 622416 ; E: bhurley@tuc.org.uk
Organiser 'Move on Up in Radio' Janice Turner: M: 0773 605 7901 janice@stagescreenandradio.org.uk

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