Diversity and Inclusion

Black Voices campaign

Black Voices was created to give Black people a platform to share experiences, stories and ultimately educate.

These are important stories to tell so that the country can begin to head towards real equality.

Black people deserve to be heard. So, the hope for this platform is that it will create debate and needed discussion about racism and how we can all be part of the solution.

STV believes it’s important to listen, learn and make lasting changes.

Because Black lives matter

Black Voices initiative launches on STV

STV is launching a unique on-air campaign offering a platform for Black voices to share their experiences of racism and their vision for the changes they believe should happen. 
The Black Voices campaign launches on Monday 13 July, in peak-time, with the 60” text and audio-based short films aiming to promote understanding and discussion of racism and to contribute towards inspiring long term change.
Viewers will initially hear powerful stories from famous faces such as Will.i.am, politicians such as David Lammy MP and Helen Grant MP, and as the campaign continues viewers will hear from Scottish voices who will highlight the racism they have experienced and how we can all contribute to make a change. 
The launch of the Black Voices campaign follows STV’s commitment in early July to positive change in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, using its privileged position as an employer, public service broadcaster and producer to address the longstanding and systemic issue of racism and improve the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people both on and off screen. 
STV has committed to more than double the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues at STV by 2023, improve on screen representation in the programmes STV makes for itself and others, and ring-fence £1m from the STV Growth Fund for advertising campaigns that champion diversity in Scotland, with a particular focus on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic diversity.  To read more about STV's commitment's click here.
Chief Executive of STV, Simon Pitts said: “The tragic death of George Floyd has brought to the fore the racism that still plagues us around the world, including in the UK and in Scotland.  As an employer, programme producer and public service broadcaster, STV can and must do more to help drive lasting positive change.  
“Through our renewed commitments and targets set out last week, we are determined to drive greater awareness and increase Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic representation both on and off screen.  Our Black Voices campaign will provide a platform to prompt the difficult conversations we must have as a society to eradicate racism.” 

For further information and resources, please visit these external organisations:

1000 Black Voices
1000 Black Voices amplifies Black voices to facilitate positive change for whole and authentic equity and a celebration of difference. We share stories from around the world on the experience of being Black. We aim to facilitate accountable action and positive change for the eradication of racism. We do this through educating and improving understanding of Black culture, racism and what it means to be Black.

Access UK
Access UK is a careers and employability charity that provides tailored and culturally competent solutions, to help young BAME service users navigate systematic inequalities within the British Labour market.  
Access UK supports young minority beneficiaries within the three E's of Education, Employment and Enterprise, to improve overall outcomes and representation.

Creative Access
Creative Access is a not-for-profit social enterprise, unrivalled in diverse recruitment and inclusion, which aims to tackle the under-representation of many communities in the creative industries. Creative Access has placed over 1950 individuals with more than 500 employer partner and has provided employability skills support to over 30,000 individuals throughout the UK. All profits go back into growing, training and supporting our community.

Runnymede Trust
Runnymede is the UK's leading independent race equality think tank. We generate intelligence to challenge race inequality in Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement.

The British Blacklist
The British Blacklist a platform which celebrates the talents of British Black creatives across Screen, Stage, Literature and Sound.

World Afro Day
World Afro Day is a global day of change, education and celebration of Afro hair, culture and identity. It is endorsed by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights. They work with families, schools and authorities to tackle discrimination against Afro hair. The organisation produces pioneering research, events and resources to empower young people and to promote equality in wider society.