Before the debate on BBC Diversity in the House of Commons on 14th April I hosted a summit in Parliament for parliamentarians, broadcasters, campaigners and stakeholders to meet and discuss diversity in the media.
I was joined by Shadow Culture Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Chi Onwurah MP, former Culture, Media and Sport Minister Helen Grant MP, Liz McInnes MP, Julie Elliott MP and Dawn Butler MP, Director of the 2012 London Paralympic Games Lord Holmes of Richmond and Baroness Floella Benjamin.
BBC Head of Diversity and Inclusion Tunde Ogungbesan presented the BBC's plans and senior representatives from other leading broadcasters including Sky, Channel 4 and ITV outlined their diversity work.
I then opened the summit to the floor, allowing attendees to ask questions to the panel and present their own work and experiences.
Attendees from the creative media industry included representatives from BECTU, National Union of Journalists, Equity, Ofcom, Act for Change, Creative Skillset, Creative Diversity Network, Creative Industries Federation, Equalities and Human Rights Commission, the British Film Institute, TV Collective, Media Trust.