Signdance Theatre International will perform at the BBC Diversity Awards on December 6th
Awards to be held at Media City, Salford
The Cultural Diversity Network
(CDN) is inviting broadcasters, producers, directors and screenwriters
to submit nominations for this year's CDN awards, celebrating creativity
and diversity in the broadcasting industry.
This year there are categories covering production and
content that portrays the diversity of contemporary British society in
an effortless and inclusive way, as well as categories that recognise
outreach and employment initiatives with a diversity focus. The
- Company of the Year (open to indies only)
- Community engagement award
- CDN news award
- Best breakthrough talent (across all genres)
- Best nations and regions portrayal
- Best comedy and entertainment programme
- Best factual programme
- The Radio Times drama award (voted for by readers of the Radio Times from a shortlist compiled by industry professionals)
- Diversity innovation award
- The CDN Fellowship award
The winners will be announced at a
ceremony at The Studios, MediaCityUK, in Salford on Tuesday 6 December.
Mark Thompson, BBC Director General and Chair of the
CDN, said: "These awards are a celebration of the very best TV
programmes that reflect contemporary British society, and embrace
diversity both on and off-screen.
"We're honoured to be taking the CDN awards to MediaCityUK in Salford
Quays this year, recognising and celebrating not only the vibrancy and
creativity of this new venture for the BBC and all its partners but also
for the whole of the UK."
This year's event will also see the first ever CDN Fellowship award
for an individual, company or organisation who has demonstrated a
significant commitment to diversity but does not have diversity as their
core role. This award is voted for by members of the CDN steering
visit the CDN website
Notes to Editors
The Cultural Diversity Network (CDN) is an association of
Britain's leading broadcasters and affiliated organisations, originally
formed in 2000, to improve the representation of ethnic minorities in
television both on screen and behind the camera. In the past two years
it has expanded its remit to include all areas of diversity such as
disability, gender, age etc. It focuses on working with its member
broadcasters on sharing expertise, resources and models of good
The BBC took over as Chair of the CDN from Channel 4 in January 2011.
The CDN steering group is made up of BBC, Channel 4, S4C, ITV, ITN, Sky, Pact, BAFTA, MTV, Turner Broadcasting and Media Trust.
The first CDN Awards took place in 2009.