Sir Lenny Henry discusses diversity in the entertainment industry

11 June 2019

Over two evidence sessions the Communications Committee questions witnesses including Sir Lenny Henry and the Chief Executive of Welsh public service broadcaster S4C as part of its ongoing inquiry into public service broadcasting in the age of video on demand.


Tuesday 11 June, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.00pm

  • Sir Lenny Henry CBE
  • Simon Albury MBE, Chair, Campaign for Broadcasting Equality CIO
  • Marcus Ryder, Chief Editor International News, China Global Television Network

The Committee explores the state of diversity and representation, both on and off screen, with expert witnesses.

At 4.00pm

  • Caroline Cooper Charles, Head of Strategic Programmes, Screen Yorkshire
  • Owen Evans, Chief Executive, S4C
  • Seetha Kumar, Chief Executive, ScreenSkills

The Committee hears from Screen Yorkshire, which promotes TV production in Yorkshire and Humber; ScreenSkills, which supports training in the UK screen industries; and S4C, which is a Welsh Language public service broadcaster.

Possible lines of questioning

Topics likely to be covered across both evidence sessions include:

  • How well public service broadcasters and the TV sector represent different nations and regions;
  • Whether there is a skills shortage and how public service broadcasters can support emerging talent;
  • How effectively Ofcom holds public service broadcasters to account for their obligations.

Further information

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