LGBT community calls for more industry diversity

LGBT community calls for more industry diversity

Many media technology companies are still too straight and male and should follow the example of broadcasters such as Channel 4, by setting up corporate LGBT networking groups to encourage diversity.

That was the verdict of a Lounge Talk IBC Conference panel, ‘Flying the Rainbow Flag’, which argued that diversity across the industry was patchy at best.

Visibility of LGBT is still very low in technology companies, said Angus Wyatt, commercial partnerships executive at UK broadcaster Channel 4 and chair of its award-winning 4Pride LGBT and employee networking group. “I see many more out LGBT people on the creative side of the industry but not on the tech side. Maybe those companies are not so open. Maybe they are not out. It’s still a very straight, male dominated world.”

Providing a forum to allow LGBT employees formal representation was the way forward, said the panel which included Catherine Puiseux-Kakpo, CRS director for TF1 Group and TV and radio presenter Stephanie Hirst.

Puiseux-Kakpo, who manages corporate social responsibility at TF1, said that French free-to-air network had made great strides in recent years on LGBT representation, highlighted by the high profile of gay TF1 presenter Christophe Beaugrand. “I would like him to be cloned because I want more people to be openly gay and speaking about the issue on TF1.”

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