TV diversity - more work to do

Thursday, November 01, 2007

So according to this news report from Reuters, ABC has won a top grade of an A for television diversity, while NBC and CBS received grades of B and B-.

But eveything isn't as it looks either:

"The number of American Latinos both in front and back of camera has increased, but they are incremental numbers in proportion to the (Latino) population," said National Latino Media Council chair Esteban Torres.

Things look dimmer for American Indians and Asians. "Behind the camera, American Indians remain invisible," said Mark Reed, spokesman for American Indians in Film and Television.

Added Karen K. Narasaki, chair of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, "We are deeply concerned about the lack of commitment to development deals with APA (Asian Pacific American) writers and talent."
If you're looking for another take on the report card, you'll also want to check out the post, Grading the Graders: Network TV Diversity Report Cards Get a Failing Grade From Me from The Feed.