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CDN UK Broadcasting Diversity Awards 2019

Category: diversity, diversity and inclusion, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, Diversity & Inclusion, BBC, Diversity and inclusion networks, diverse and inclusive workplace

diversity and inclusion


10 October 2019
Creative Diversity Network announces winners of the 2019 UK Television Diversity Awards


The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) today announced the winners of its 2019 UK Television Diversity Awards. The awards are held every two years to reward outstanding quality, creativity and diversity in television that represents all aspects of British society. The 2019 awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 9 October at The Ham Yard Hotel, London

Through these aw

ards, CDN recognises industry stakeholders who are leading the way in driving change across broadcasting around all aspects of our diverse society covering age, body image, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, regionality, sexuality and social class.

Deborah Williams, CDN Executive Director said: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners of the 2019 UK Television Diversity awards as well as those nominated. The strength of this year’s entries is a testament to our industry’s ability to create engaging, powerful content on screen and take positive action behind the scenes to help drive diversity across UK television.”

The 2019 winners are:

    • Production Company of the Year
      Celebrating a Production Company’s commitment to producing diverse content.
    • BBC Children’s In-House Productions
    • Broadcaster of the Year
      Celebrating a Broadcaster’s active, demonstrable engagement with the diversity agenda.
    • BBC
    • Disrupter
      Celebrating a piece of work that disrupts the way the industry views or tackles an issue.
    • Exodus: Our Journey Continues (Keo Films, for BBC 2)
    • UnsungHero
      Rewarding the efforts of an employee who has gone above and beyond to champion diversity or enable accessible working environments.

  • Sangeeta Bhabra (Presenter, ITV Regional News)
  • Commissioning
    Celebrating a commission that has brought positive and authentic attention to a diverse community.
  • Butterfly (Red Production Company and Aenon for ITV)
  • Off-screen Recruitment, Training & Development
    Championing innovation in the provision of reasonable adjustments networks or training programmes.
  • Endemol Shine UK
  • Advocate in Industry
    Recognising a person(s) for their work championing one of the protected characteristic communities within the Broadcast industry through appearance at events, written, visual or audio work.
  • Digital Technology
    Employment of technology that has made a programme or access to programmes more every day.
  • Channel 4
  • Partnership
    Celebrating a project partner that has supported one of the members in the delivery of diversity or inclusion related work and working environments.
  • BBC Writersroom/Directors UK Continuing Drama Director’s Scheme


In addition, CDN presented two special awards:

  • Uber Ally
    An award for outstanding support of the Creative Diversity Network and its agenda.
  • Dan Brooke, former Chief Marketing Officer and Board Champion for Diversity and Inclusion, Channel 4
  • Outstanding Contribution
    An award for an outward facing leader who has foregrounded diversity.
  • John Hardie, former CEO and Editor in Chief, ITN
  • • John McVay OBE, CEO, Pact


    2019 Nominees Revealed!

    Production Company of the Year
    Celebrating a Production Company’s commitment to producing diverse content.

    • BBC Children’s In-House Productions
    • BBC Studios Drama
    • Douglas Road Productions
    • Hello Halo Productions
    • SignPost

    Broadcaster of the Year

    • BBC
    • Channel 4
    • ITV Cymru
    • ITV News Central
    • Sky


      • Ackley Bridge (The Forge, for Channel 4)
      • Exodus: Our Journey Continues (Keo Films, for BBC 2)
      • Killed By My Debt (BBC Studios Documentary Unit, for BBC3)
      • Passions: Chi Chi Nwanoku OBE on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (MacLarty Brown Media in association with Field Day, for Sky Arts)
      • The Boy with the Top Knot (Kudos, Parti Productions for BBC 2)

    Unsung Hero

    • Corienda Brown (Chair of Channel 4’s 4Purple Network)
    • Matt Scarff and Georgina Marcantonio (co-chairs, ITV Pride)
    • Rhodri ap Dyfrig, Hansh (S4C’s online content editor)
    • Sangeeta Bhabra (Presenter, ITV Regional News)
    • Saskia Schuster (Founder, Comedy 50:50)

    In Commissioning

    • Before Grenfell (Blast! Films, for BBC 2)
    • Butterfly (Red Production Company and Aenon, for IT
    • V)
    • Famalam (BBC Studios, for BBC 3)
    • Informer (Neal Street Productions, for BBC 1)
    • Professor Green: Living in Poverty (The Garden, for BBC 3)

    Off-screen Recruitment, Training & Development

    • BBC New Directors Initiative
    • Channel 4 Recruitment & Training Development
    • Endemol Shine UK
    • SignPost

    Advocate in Industry

    • BBC Cape
    • Paul Brand, Political Correspondent, ITV News

    Digital Technology

    • BBC Reith
    • BBC Tours Interactive Access Film
    • Channel 4
    • ITV Calendar North/ South


    • BBC Writersroom/Directors UK Continuing Drama Directors’ Training Scheme
    • Soundmouse


    The awards ceremony will be held in London on Wednesday 9th October 2019.


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