GITNUX REPORT 2024

Dismal Diversity In The Media Industry Statistics Revealed in US, UK

Unveiling the stark reality: Lack of diversity persisting in media industry, stifling representation efforts.

Author: Jannik Lindner

First published: 7/17/2024

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People with disabilities are portrayed in only 2.3% of TV roles in the UK.

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Disability representation in UK TV has risen to 5%, up from 2.3% the year before.

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Only 24.3% of newsroom employees in the US are people of color.

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In Hollywood films, only 18.5% of speaking characters are from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.

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86% of film directors across 1,300 top films in the US between 2007 and 2018 were white.

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Among TV writers in the US, 91.9% were white, 5.6% were Black, and 3.7% were of Asian descent.

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In the UK, ethnic minorities make up only 11% of the workforce in broadcasting.

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Indigenous people are almost invisible on Australian screens, making up only 1.2% of characters in dramas.

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Asian Americans held only 2% of film directing jobs in 2020.

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Latinx representation in the top-grossing films remains low at only 4.9%.

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In UK newsrooms, only 5% of journalists are Black, compared to 3% in 2016.

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Black women represent only 1.4% of film directors in the top 500 films from 2007 to 2019.

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Women of color make up only 3.6% of film directors in the top 500 films from 2007 to 2019.

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In the US, only 4.4% of radio news directors are Hispanic.

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Asian Americans make up only 1% of film directors in the US.

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Indigenous Australians account for 2.7% of characters on Australian TV dramas.

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8 out of 10 TV writers in the US are white.

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In Australia, only 4% of TV writers come from non-European backgrounds.

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Indigenous makers make up only 1.4% of Australian TV creators.

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Women make up only 36% of newsroom employees in the US.

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Women directors accounted for only 16% of the top 100 grossing films in 2020.

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Women make up only 27% of behind-the-camera film crew members in top-grossing films.

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In the UK, women hold only 24% of senior management roles in the media industry.

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Female journalists are more likely to be assigned stories about entertainment and lifestyle than politics.

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83% of TV directors in the UK are male.

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In the UK, 77% of senior positions in the media industry are held by men.

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Only 24% of radio news directors in the US are women.

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Women make up only 17% of film directors in the UK.

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Female journalists are more likely to be quoted as experts in lifestyle articles compared to hard news articles.

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Only 13.9% of radio news directors are people of color in the US.

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In the US, only 4.6% of radio news directors are Black.

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8 out of 10 radio and TV journalists in the US are white.

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People of color make up only 9% of TV directors in the UK.

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Only 6% of TV directors in Australia are Indigenous.

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LGBTQ journalists account for only 6.4% of employees in US newsrooms.

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LGBTQ representation in Spanish-language media is significantly lower than in English-language media.

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Transgender representation in film and TV remains low, with only 1% of regular characters identified as transgender.

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LGBTQ representation on TV has increased to 10.2%, up from 8.8% in the previous year.

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LGBTQ representation in children's TV shows has increased to 22%, up from 15% in the previous year.

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LGBTQ representation in advertising has increased to 6.6%, up from 1.2% in the previous year.

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Summary

  • Only 24.3% of newsroom employees in the US are people of color.
  • Women make up only 36% of newsroom employees in the US.
  • LGBTQ journalists account for only 6.4% of employees in US newsrooms.
  • In Hollywood films, only 18.5% of speaking characters are from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.
  • 86% of film directors across 1,300 top films in the US between 2007 and 2018 were white.
  • Among TV writers in the US, 91.9% were white, 5.6% were Black, and 3.7% were of Asian descent.
  • Only 13.9% of radio news directors are people of color in the US.
  • Women directors accounted for only 16% of the top 100 grossing films in 2020.
  • In the UK, ethnic minorities make up only 11% of the workforce in broadcasting.
  • LGBTQ representation in Spanish-language media is significantly lower than in English-language media.
  • In the US, only 4.6% of radio news directors are Black.
  • Women make up only 27% of behind-the-camera film crew members in top-grossing films.
  • People with disabilities are portrayed in only 2.3% of TV roles in the UK.
  • 8 out of 10 radio and TV journalists in the US are white.
  • Indigenous people are almost invisible on Australian screens, making up only 1.2% of characters in dramas.

Diversity in the media industry - a concept as elusive as that perfectly timed commercial break. With statistics showing that newsroom employees in the US are predominantly white, male, and straight, it seems like the media world could use a serious makeover. From Hollywood to radio stations, the numbers paint a picture of a landscape desperately in need of a rainbow-colored filter. Lets dive into the data and uncover just how monochromatic the media truly is.

Disability Representation in Journalism

  • People with disabilities are portrayed in only 2.3% of TV roles in the UK.
  • Disability representation in UK TV has risen to 5%, up from 2.3% the year before.

Interpretation

In a groundbreaking move towards inclusivity, the representation of people with disabilities in the UK media industry has increased to a whopping 5%, from the previously dismal 2.3%. While this upward trend is encouraging, it still leaves plenty of room for improvement. Perhaps it's time for the media to realize that disability is not a token to be occasionally cashed in for diversity points, but a facet of the human experience that deserves consistent and authentic representation in order to truly reflect the diversity of our society.

Ethnic Diversity in Film Industry

  • Only 24.3% of newsroom employees in the US are people of color.
  • In Hollywood films, only 18.5% of speaking characters are from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.
  • 86% of film directors across 1,300 top films in the US between 2007 and 2018 were white.
  • Among TV writers in the US, 91.9% were white, 5.6% were Black, and 3.7% were of Asian descent.
  • In the UK, ethnic minorities make up only 11% of the workforce in broadcasting.
  • Indigenous people are almost invisible on Australian screens, making up only 1.2% of characters in dramas.
  • Asian Americans held only 2% of film directing jobs in 2020.
  • Latinx representation in the top-grossing films remains low at only 4.9%.
  • In UK newsrooms, only 5% of journalists are Black, compared to 3% in 2016.
  • Black women represent only 1.4% of film directors in the top 500 films from 2007 to 2019.
  • Women of color make up only 3.6% of film directors in the top 500 films from 2007 to 2019.
  • In the US, only 4.4% of radio news directors are Hispanic.
  • Asian Americans make up only 1% of film directors in the US.
  • Indigenous Australians account for 2.7% of characters on Australian TV dramas.
  • 8 out of 10 TV writers in the US are white.
  • In Australia, only 4% of TV writers come from non-European backgrounds.
  • Indigenous makers make up only 1.4% of Australian TV creators.

Interpretation

Despite the industry's colorful narrative on screen, behind the cameras remains predominantly pale. These statistics unveil a glaring lack of diversity in the media landscape, where voices from underrepresented communities are woefully sidelined. It's a script that desperately needs a rewrite, not just for the sake of inclusion, but for the richness and authenticity diverse perspectives can bring to storytelling. As the spotlight shifts towards accountability and equity, it's time for the industry to heed the call for a much-needed cast and crew shake-up. After all, the true magic of cinema lies in the kaleidoscope of voices and visions it can reflect.

Gender Diversity in Newsrooms

  • Women make up only 36% of newsroom employees in the US.
  • Women directors accounted for only 16% of the top 100 grossing films in 2020.
  • Women make up only 27% of behind-the-camera film crew members in top-grossing films.
  • In the UK, women hold only 24% of senior management roles in the media industry.
  • Female journalists are more likely to be assigned stories about entertainment and lifestyle than politics.
  • 83% of TV directors in the UK are male.
  • In the UK, 77% of senior positions in the media industry are held by men.
  • Only 24% of radio news directors in the US are women.
  • Women make up only 17% of film directors in the UK.
  • Female journalists are more likely to be quoted as experts in lifestyle articles compared to hard news articles.

Interpretation

Despite women making up half of the world's population, it seems they are still struggling to secure their equal place in the media industry. From newsrooms to film sets, boardrooms to director's chairs, the statistics paint a bleak picture of gender disparity that is as outdated as a floppy disk. Women are not just entertainment and lifestyle aficionados; they are also capable of dissecting politics, dissecting budgets, and directing with finesse. So here's a thought: Let's give them the mic, the camera, the script, and the opportunity to show the world that diversity in the media isn't just a nice-to-have, it's an absolute necessity.

Racial Diversity in TV Directors

  • Only 13.9% of radio news directors are people of color in the US.
  • In the US, only 4.6% of radio news directors are Black.
  • 8 out of 10 radio and TV journalists in the US are white.
  • People of color make up only 9% of TV directors in the UK.
  • Only 6% of TV directors in Australia are Indigenous.

Interpretation

Despite the colorful world we live in, it seems that the media industry is still stuck in a black-and-white mindset when it comes to diversity. From the US to the UK and Australia, the numbers paint a less-than-inspiring picture of inclusion and representation in the newsroom. It's time for the media to turn up the volume on diverse voices and color outside the lines to reflect the true tapestry of society. After all, a truly vibrant media landscape is one that embraces the rainbow of experiences and perspectives that make up our world.

Sexual Orientation Representation in Media

  • LGBTQ journalists account for only 6.4% of employees in US newsrooms.
  • LGBTQ representation in Spanish-language media is significantly lower than in English-language media.
  • Transgender representation in film and TV remains low, with only 1% of regular characters identified as transgender.
  • LGBTQ representation on TV has increased to 10.2%, up from 8.8% in the previous year.
  • LGBTQ representation in children's TV shows has increased to 22%, up from 15% in the previous year.
  • LGBTQ representation in advertising has increased to 6.6%, up from 1.2% in the previous year.

Interpretation

Despite some progress, the media industry still has some serious catching up to do when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation. It seems LGBTQ journalists are still holding on with less than a rainbow's worth of presence in newsrooms, while transgender characters in film and TV are as rare as a cat in a dog show. The silver lining? Kids' shows are leading the charge, proving that even the littlest viewers appreciate diversity more than some grown-ups do. As LGBTQ representation slowly but surely inches upward in the media landscape, it's clear that the industry can no longer afford to be Closeted about its need for change.

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