STV partners with Pass the Mic to help increase representation of expert women of colour across media
Broadcaster STV and gender equality organisation, Pass the Mic, today announce a partnership aimed at increasing the number of expert women of colour appearing across the media.
Pass the Mic has created a list of women from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups who are experts in their field – educators, academics, researchers, campaigners, policy makers, community activists, writers, workers and carers –  and many more.   This list is available to media organisations and events planners seeking to include women of colour on their programming or on interview panels, to help address the issue of under-representation.
As media partner, STV commits to the following:
  • Members of the editorial team on flagship news programme, STV News at Six, and the current affairs programme, Scotland Tonight, will conduct virtual training sessions on media interview and presentation skills for up to 30 women at a time. 
  • STV mentors will provide more in-depth, practical training and skills development initially for four women, as well as supporting them in the development of a written article, long form interview or recorded piece related to their experience.  
  • STV’s Head of News will commission 12 first person essays from Pass the Mic members, which will run on a dedicated separate section of the STV website until Spring 2021. Once published, these columns will then be available to other outlets to use.
Steven Ladurantaye, Head of News at STV, said: “As a public service media provider, it’s our responsibility to make sure that we’re not only providing a diversity of views on our programming but that we’re also reflecting the diversity of Scotland on screen.  We’re proud to be partnering with Pass the Mic and look forward to working with these women to hone their interview skills and help develop their confidence and experience in dealing with media, to ensure that their voices are heard.”
Talat Yaqoob, Founder of Pass the Mic: “I am very glad to see STV join the growing list of media partners as part of the Pass the Mic project. We want to make a tangible change across media in Scotland by developing more inclusive cultures within it, by increasing the representation of women of colour who participate in it, and by improving how women of colour and the issues that impact them are talked about. This project is one of many important interventions needed to make these changes.” 
STV also works with Women in Journalism on their ‘50:50’ initiative, which sees the broadcaster providing practical training for women contributors to equip them with media interview skills. 
Media contact: Kirstin Stevenson at or 07803 970106.