Marcus Ryder
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United Kingdom

Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity


Head, External Consultancies

Ryder is a leading figure in the efforts to increase inclusion and representation in the U.K. media industry. He began working for a Black film collective when he was just 17, later joining the BBC as a researcher and rising to head of current affairs for BBC Scotland in 2007. More recently, his focus has been on diversity. In 2020, he was made a visiting professor of media diversity at Birmingham City University and launched the independent body Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity. Ryder has advised the National Film and Television School, TV and film trade union BECTU, Channel 4, the BBC and ITV, and in 2020 he was awarded the MBE title by the late queen’s honors list for his services. He was also appointed chair of the RADA Council at the U.K.’s leading drama school.


  • BBC
  • Royal Television Society


  • University of Sussex (England)
  • Bournemouth University (England)

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BBC Hiring Row: Diversity Champion Marcus Ryder Reveals Fears Faced by Journalists of Color

BBC Hiring Row: Diversity Champion Marcus Ryder Reveals Fears Faced by Journalists of Color

UPDATED: Marcus Ryder has revealed details of his meeting with BBC director general Tim Davie, which took place just prior to a speech delivered by the diversity campaigner on Tuesday.Calling the meeting "very constructive," Ryder said the BBC recognizes that there is a problem when it comes to the issue of due impartiality. He added that all broadcasters have problems with retention, with ethnic minorities leaving news organizations. Ryder is meeting Davie again in six months' time. Action points haven't...


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