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Sir Lenny Henry rang up the Office for National Statistics to confirm something he'd been thinking about for a long time. They told him that only 29.5 per cent of the United Kingdom's population is made up of white, heterosexual, able-bodied men. So, he wonders, why do they still make up the vast majority of people we see in our media? 

Joining forces with the former chair of the Royal Television Society's Diversity Committee Marcus Ryder, he draws on decades of experience to reveal why recent efforts to diversify media have been thus far ineffective and why they are simply not enough. With wit, humour and unflinching gravitas they analyse the flaws of current diversity initiatives, point out the structural and financial imbalances working against the cause and provide clear solutions to get the media industry back on track. 

Access All Areas is an urgent, actionable manifesto that will dramatically shift the debate around diversity and the media.

©2021 Lenny Henry (P)2021 Faber & Faber Ltd.

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  • 01-31-21

Interesting, insightful, USEFUL

First - this is NOT 'a diversity workshop' (which one of the authors himself confesses he dislikes!). It's instead a really useful insight in to the importance of *representation* - not necessarily diversity - primarily in the TV and media industry, but with relevance in other organisations too.

It's an extremely easy listen. I listened while running and it's not the kind of book you can stop and start at any time.

Told very well, with practical, real examples. A real lesson. Very glad I bought this. Highly recommended for media types, but really for anyone who's keen for their organisation to be and perform better - especially if you're in a leadership position. This should be on the curriculum in business schools across the country.

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  • samhabib
  • 01-21-21

Essential

This is essential reading. A call to arms for everyone working in the media. It's no longer enough to wait for "someone to sort it out", everyone in the media business needs to be working for the 96.9%.

Lenny's reading made it even more engaging.

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  • 02-14-21

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Very engaging and inspiring audio book. Well researched and passionate I am hopeful that change is coming.