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Media regulator, Ofcom has today published findings in a report about how ethnic minorities, disabled people and women are represented on radio in the UK.

The report, Diversity and Equal Opportunities in Radio, reveals for the first time the scale of the diversity challenge facing the sector. It covers almost 9,000 staff across 16 radio organisations, with particular focus on three of the main radio broadcasters – the BBC, Bauer and Global.

The report found that certain groups are under-represented in the radio industry:
– Ethnic minority employees make up 6% of the radio workforce;
– 5% of radio roles go to people who consider themselves disabled; and
– Women occupy 37% of senior management roles

Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom said, “Our radio sector has a huge opportunity to extend its reach and relevance to the whole UK. Our radio industry must reflect the breadth of modern society and offer listeners engaging shows that speak directly to their lives and experiences. And to do this effectively broadcasters must take further action to attract a wider range of talent, both on and off air.

At Ofcom we are also working to improve our own diversity. As regulator for the UK, its nations and regions, we must reflect the society we serve.
Our radio sector has a huge opportunity to extend its reach and relevance to the whole UK.

I am optimistic that those in control of major radio groups – three of which account for 80% of workers covered in this report – can help to lead change over time.”