As mentioned in our weekly newsletter, here is a copy of the email Carolyn McCall sent to all ITV employees on Thursday 4th June.
To: All UK employees
The brutal killing of George Floyd has shaken us all.
It is not an issue that only affects America. It affects us all. It has highlighted the inequality, not just in the US but also across the world.
As a broadcaster and producer rooted in public service, we have a responsibility to ensure that this is surfaced and covered with accuracy and transparency. We know that racism knows no borders. ITV is unequivocal - black lives matter.
First of all, to our black colleagues, producers and viewers around the world, we want to acknowledge the pain and shock that you are experiencing. This is a traumatic time and it’s important that we recognise and respect that, and help provide the space that people need. As your colleagues, we stand by you and we will support you.
Secondly, as an organisation we need to continue to look at how we ensure that ITV is a place where black people, and other minorities, are seen, heard, flourish and succeed. Yesterday I signed an open letter on behalf of ITV, written by Creative Equals, a global not-for-profit consultancy who continually challenge the status quo, to push for a world of fairness, difference and belonging. The letter asks media platforms, agencies and industry networks to take action and hold ourselves accountable for our support of talent of colour, and especially black talent at this time. Read the letter in full.
Whilst we are making significant improvements onscreen and off screen in recruitment, development and creating an inclusive culture, we are not where we want or aim to be.
Thirdly, we need to recognise that the responsibility for shifting our practices and culture, and also for educating ourselves, is not an additional load that black colleagues are expected to carry for everyone. This comes up quite a lot. It is all our responsibility to learn and understand the ongoing damage of systemic racism. It is not enough to be non racist, we must be actively anti-racist in order to create a more equal society. I’m grateful to Ade, our Director of Creative Diversity, for the recommendation of the book 'Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race' by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
Whilst we are certainly living in challenging times, it would be good to look back on 2020, and see that we have made a real contribution to advancing a more equal and just ITV, as well as a more equal and just society.
We can use this moment to accelerate change and for ITV to amplify its social purpose to do good.