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No More ‘Fake Diversity’ on Screen. It’s About Quality, As Well As Quantity

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Marcus Ryder Guest ContributorIn an exclusive guest column for Variety, writer and academic Marcus Ryder, co-author of the book “Access All Areas – The Diversity Manifesto for TV and Beyond,” reflects on a recent diversity test introduced in the U.K.

and interrogates what’s considered an “authentic” representation. I worked at the BBC for 24 years, eight years as a senior executive in Scotland.

One of the most “W1A” moments (a popular sitcom that poked fun at the corporation’s PC bureaucracy) of my time there was when a task force from London came to have a meeting with staff in Scotland.

The meeting was to discuss what “authentic” Scottish portrayal in our programs should look like.After discussions about the fact that it had nothing to.

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