ITN publishes BAME Pay Gap Report


  • One of the first UK media organisations to publish BAME pay gap
  • Mean pay gap of 16.1% and mean bonus gap of 66%
  • Target set to halve BAME pay gap within five years
  • At least one BAME candidate to be interviewed for every role

ITN publishes its BAME pay gap today alongside tough targets and an action plan to improve recruitment, representation and progression throughout the business.

One of the first media organisations to choose to make its BAME pay gap public, ITN has a mean BAME pay gap of 16.1% (median: 20.8%) and mean BAME bonus pay gap of 66% (median: 50%).

ITN has published its figures as part of a report laying out initiatives to both increase BAME representation at all levels of the company and reduce the pay gap, with a focus on raising the number of BAME people in senior decision-making management and editorial roles.

You can read the full 2018 ITN BAME Pay Gap Report here.

Targets include a 50% reduction in the BAME pay gap by 2022, with BAME employees making up 20% of top 20 earners. The company also committed to increasing representation of black, Asian or other minority ethnicity people from 15% to 20% within the same period.

A key initiative, effective immediately, includes the policy for at least one BAME candidate to be interviewed for every role.

ITN CEO John Hardie said: “As one of the first media organisations to publish its BAME pay gap, ITN is committed to being a diverse and inclusive place to work. We have made positive progress in terms of BAME representation in recent years but we have more to do to get where we want to be.

“To close this pay gap, we must work harder to increase the proportion of BAME people at every level of ITN, particularly in the senior decision-making management roles. We have set challenging targets, including halving the BAME pay gap by 2022, alongside an action plan to improve representation and remove barriers to progression.

“I am confident that these initiatives will significantly improve the overall diversity of ITN and the pay gap itself, creating a culture where everyone can flourish.”

Other diversity initiatives at ITN include provision of unconscious bias training for all managers, reverse mentoring, a company-wide staff diversity and inclusion forum and an apprenticeship scheme focused on ethnically and socially diverse candidates.

Press contact: Laura Roberts, Head of Press and Public Affairs, ITN / 020 7430 4825

Notes to editors:

ITN is a world-class production company made up of two business divisions: Broadcast News and ITN Productions.

Our Broadcast News business produces award-winning daily news programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, providing high quality, impartial news to the British public, reaching an accumulated peak audience of up to 12.3m viewers. ITN’s world-leading journalism has garnered critical acclaim and since 2009 has won eight International Emmy Awards, seven BAFTAs and five RTS Television Journalism News Programme of the Year Awards.

Formed in 2010, ITN Productions – our independent production company – has gone from a £7m to a £40m business winning international acclaim at the highest level, including an Oscar nomination, a US Emmy Award and a Cannes Lion Award. Its broad portfolio includes factual TV series commissions from Netflix, ITV, BBC and Discovery ID as well as award-winning adverts for the likes of The National Lottery and Virgin Holidays. ITN Productions is the joint venture production partner for the IAAF and broadcast and digital producer for the EFL, and also syndicates high-impact global news content for online and broadcast audiences around the world.

Read ITN’s 2017 Annual Report here



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