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Mayor to present award recognising diversity in the media
27-5-2002   250

Ken Livingstone, mayor of London, will present an award at this week’s Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards, which recognise achievements in the media by people from Black and minority ethnic communities and positive efforts to ensure fair representation.

The mayor said:

'Ours is a country that has benefited culturally as well as economically from the many communities that have chosen to live here and these awards have an important role in raising awareness about the need to reflect cultural diversity across all forms of media.

'I am pleased that we are seeing more people from minority ethnic communities working in films, on television and in the theatre. The fact that Halle Berry, Denzel Washington and Sidney Poitier won Oscars this year shows that progress has been made in terms of roles available and recognition, but the fact, that it took so long and generated so much discussion indicates that there is still a lot more to be done. This is particularly true in relation to commissioning, producing and technical roles.

'London is one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet, where more than a third of Londoners are from ethnic minorities.  As mayor I believe it is important to nurture talent and celebrate the cultural diversity that makes London such a vibrant city, so I am pleased to be able to present this award.'

Notes to Editors

  1. The Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards take place on Thursday 30 May 2002 in the Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, W1.
  2. Press wishing to attend should contact Vanessa Obagi or Joe Sangwin at the Media Foundry: 020 7792 1942/2738.

Press information is available from: Ben McKnight on 020 7983 4071\ 07881 501 920, Catherine Mattison on 020 7983 4020\ 07957 340 795 or Rebecca Miller on 020 7983 4068\ 07810 756 170
For out of hours media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000
For non-media enquiries please call the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100

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