PRESS RELEASE published on 06 Dec 2019 • Department / Unit Communications Media

'All Things Being Equal' highlights role of PSM in promoting gender equality

Public service broadcasters are leading the way in building gender-balanced workplaces and providing strong role models for women in media.

EBU Members employ over 110,000 women between them, 45% of the total public service media (PSM) workforce and 5% more than the rest of the EU audiovisual sector.

PSM organizations have a special responsibility to accurately reflect the experiences of their audiences. Many have made gender equality a top priority which had led to culture change and consequent benefits such as increased innovation, creativity and productivity through the establishment of diverse teams.

Our new report – All Things Being Equal – has been produced BY public service media FOR public service media and aims to share best practice from across the industry.

Drawing on case studies from throughout Europe, the report provides practical guidelines based on Members’ own experience in areas such as:

  • Equal opportunities
  • Equal pay
  • Work/Life balance
  • Protection from sexual harassment and discrimination

It provides the opportunity for media organizations to learn from each other and identifies actionable tips that others can take to drive change.

The report was commissioned by the EBU’s Executive Board, under the leadership of BBC Director General Tony Hall. He said: “Gender equality is a big priority for us – individually and collectively.

“We exist to reflect and represent the communities we serve. It is a vital part of our creative mission to explore a diversity of voices, perspectives and stories – on screen and on air, but also within our teams and our boardrooms.”

The EBU Gender Equality Steering Group was chaired by 1st Deputy Director of Georgia Public Broadcasting Tinatin Berdzenishvili. She said: “As the public broadcaster, we should never forget history and the power we have to shape society.

“I hope this report will inspire others to pursue gender equality, dismantle the stereotypes affecting women and fully unleash the potential in their organizations by building cultures that are inclusive and embrace new and fresh perspectives.”

EBU Director General Noel Curran said: “As a Union we exist to learn and grow together. If we can harness just some of the energy and creativity in this report, I believe we will soon close the gender gap and ensure our workforce is truly as diverse at the society it serves.”

The report was compiled by the EBU’s Gender Equality Steering Group comprising 11 different EBU Members.