The Cultural Diversity Network - the organisation representing the UK's major broadcasters, which aims to improve ethnic representation in TV on and off screen - has opened its first branch in the north of England.
The Cultural Diversity Network - the organisation representing the UK's major broadcasters, which aims to improve ethnic representation in TV on and off screen - has opened its first branch in the north of England.

CDN-North comprises representatives from nine organisations based in the North of England - BBC GMR, ITV Granada, Liverpool Film Studios, Media Training North West, Media Trust North West, North West Vision, the Northwest Regional Development Agency and indies 12 Yard and Red Productions.

At the launch event at Manchester United's football ground Old Trafford, the BBC's director of sport and race champion Peter Salmon announced that CDN was also to launch a website, at www.cdnetwork.org.uk .

The website will be an information source, chronicling the activities of the CDN's members, in regards to cultural diversity issues. Both the website and the CDN North brand were launched following a seminar about good practice in multi-faith programming, hosted by the BBC's head of religion and ethics Alan Bookbinder.

Salmon said: 'Issues of race and diversity affect all of us. I'm very proud of the big leaps forward we have made in broadcasting in recent years, and pleased that we have been able to launch a website to capture this, but we can't be complacent.

'Partnerships like CDN-North are key to making an impact on the ground. Devolution is in the air, not just in the political world but also for the media.'