Media diversity: the awful truth about our newsrooms

New research shines the cold light of reality on who gets to tell us what's important in TV news and current affairs. We are not making progress.

On August 17 2020, an organisation of journalists and communications professionals dropped a bombshell on the screen news and current affairs sector which could generate permanent change. It will need the same determination and energy we have already seen in the drama sector. 

Media Diversity Australia published a meticulous, lucid report on Who Gets to Tell Australian Stories. We know the answer because we see it every night, but even in 2020 the endless procession of Anglo-Celtic faces and voices is just accepted. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.