The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) has announced the nominees for its 2019 UK Television Diversity Awards with Ackley Bridge, Killed By My Debt, Famalam and Informer all getting nods. 

The awards are held every two years to reward outstanding quality, creativity and diversity in television that represents all aspects of British society.  This year’s ceremony will take place on Wednesday 9 October at The Ham Yard Hotel, London
The awards recognise those who are leading the way in driving change across broadcasting covering age, body image, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, regionality, sexuality and social class.
Deborah Williams, CDN Executive Director said: “The Nominees for the 2019 UK Television Diversity Awards richly reflect the ability of the UK broadcast industry to create fantastic entertaining and informative content which really engages audiences, and importantly, it shows that when the industry is willing to take a lead, it can really change the dial on diversity.  
The 2019 nominees are:
·         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
Celebrating a Broadcaster’s active, demonstrable engagement with the diversity agenda.
·         BBC
·         Channel 4
·         ITV Cymru
·         ITV News Central
·         Sky
·         Disrupter
Celebrating a piece of work that disrupts the way the industry views or tackles an issue.
·         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
Rewarding the efforts of an employee who has gone above and beyond to champion diversity or enable accessible working environments.
·         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)
·         Commissioning
Celebrating a commission that has brought positive and authentic attention to a diverse community.
·         Before Grenfell (Blast! Films, for BBC 2)
·         Butterfly (Red Production Company, for ITV)
·         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
Championing innovation in the provision of reasonable adjustments networks or training programmes.
·         BBC New Directors Initiative
·         Channel 4 Recruitment & Training Development
·         Endemol Shine UK
·         SignPost
·         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.
·         BBC Cape
·         Paul Brand, Political Correspondent, ITV News
·         Digital Technology
Employment of technology that has made a programme or access to programmes more every day.
·         BBC Reith
·         BBC Tours Interactive Access Film
·         Channel 4
·         ITV Calendar North/ South
·         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 / Directors UK / CDN Director’s Scheme
·         Soundmouse
In addition, CDN will select and present two special awards:
·         Uber Ally
An award for outstanding support of the Creative Diversity Network and its agenda.
·         Outstanding Contribution
An award for an outward facing leader who has foregrounded diversity.
Winners of the 2017 CDN awards included: Chewing Gum, Damilola, Our Loved Boy, The Last Leg: Live From Rio, Unreported World. Mission Critical: Afghanistan, BBC Children’s In-House Production, Levi David Addai, Damian Kavanagh and Michaela Coel.

Jon Creamer

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