WFTV Member Survey on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment: 
Results Revealed at BAFTA Debate on Sexism

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The results of the WFTV survey of its membership on the issues of sex discrimination and sexual harassment in the film and TV industry were revealed last night at a BAFTA debate on sexism in broadcasting.

86% of the 327 survey respondents agreed that sex discrimination remains an issue for the industry. 50% of respondents had experienced sex discrimination in the last 5 years and 23% had experienced sexual harassment in that period.

WFTV CEO, Kate Kinninmont, said “This is simply a snapshot of our members’ experience.  But the figures are shocking.  We certainly need more detailed research into these issues as well as into related problems such as bullying and ageism. But we need much more than further research: we need action. WFTV used to run an independent helpline for men and women in the industry offering HR advice. That’s the type of thing we would like to see set up again. We also hope to work with PACT and other organisations to draw up best practice guidelines for the whole industry.”

Kinninmont took part in the panel discussion, which was chaired by journalist Kate Bulkley. The other panelists were Dorothy Byrne (Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 and former WFTV mentor), David Cox (writer and former TV Producer), John Sergeant (news broadcaster and journalist), and Zara Hayes (documentary filmmaker). An audience of over 100 people contributed to the discussion, which took place at BAFTA HQ on Piccadilly, London.

The full results of the WFTV Member survey can be viewed as graphs here.

Read a write up about the event by Broadcast magazine here.