The Radio Academy will be celebrating International Women’s month with a special networking event and panel discussion on gender equality and diversity in the media.
The Radio Academy was established in 1983 and is a charitable organisation operating under a board of Trustees. With Patrons including most commercial radio companies, the BBC and Radiocentre, the Academy aims to promote and further the aims of the radio and audio industry.
Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith; Bob Shennan, BBC director of radio and music; Vikki Cook, Ofcom’s director of standards and audience protection, and Sarah Barnes, people and culture director, Bauer Media UK, will join a panel discussion chaired by The Sunday Times magazine editor, Eleanor Mills, to discuss the topic of ‘The Diversity Dividend In The Radio Industry – Do We Get It?’. The event, sponsored by Deloitte, will take place at their offices on February 26 from 6pm.
As a precursor to International Women’s Day (March 8), this celebration of women in radio aims to recognise the wide range of female talent, endeavour, influence and innovation across all genres of audio and radio, from speech and sports journalism to podcasting, music and entertainment.
McGregor-Smith was the first Asian woman to take the helm of a FTSE 250 company, Mitie, and she also led the Government’s review of race in the workplace in 2016. She has previously called for mandatory reporting on workforce diversity to accelerate the pace of change. She will be joined by the Shennan, Barnes and Cook, who will discuss the progress made to date by the industry, as well as looking at what further steps need to be taken to increase representation of women and ethnic minorities in the media.
Radio Academy chair, Dr. Yvonne Thompson, CBE, said: “It is important for our industry to recognise the wider impact that can be achieved by improving gender equality and diversity in the media and I’m very much looking forward to hearing from our distinguished guests on this subject.”