A number of leading companies have joined forces to address the lack of diversity in senior management of UK media organisations.

BSkyB, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five and indie Cheetah are among the companies who have teamed up with the culture diversity network (CDN) , Bafta and Skillset to create a black and ethic minority mentoring scheme.

Furthermore, each of the companies have put forward a selection of senior mentors for the year-long scheme. They include Sky managing director, entertainment and CDN chair Sophie Turner-Laing, C4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy and director of programming Julian Bellamy, BBC director of sport Roger Mosey, Five director of children’s programming Nicholas Wilson and Nikki Cheetham, managing director of Cheetah.

Around 20 places have been allocated initially with scope to expand the scheme in future.