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Sky and Netflix have set out plans to grow the ethnic diversity of the British television workforce.

By 2025, Sky has pledged that 20% of its workforce – including its leadership team - will be from a BAME background by 2025.

This more than doubles the 9% BAME representation in Sky’s senior team and is a 33% increase on its current 14.7% level across the organisation.

Specifically, 5% of staff should be black, up from today’s 2.7% (workforce) and 1% (leaders).

Sky pledged to measure its success in meeting these targets annually and to incorporate them into leadership objectives.

The broadcaster has previously vowed to spend $15m (£10m) a year on diversity efforts for each of the next three years.

Meanwhile, Netflix is ploughing $478,000 (£350,000) into grassroots-level opportunities for black creatives to break into TV.

It is supporting 30 year-long scholarships for students at London’s Identity School of Acting, where Small Axe stars John Boyega and Letitia Wright learned their craft.

The streamer also plans to double the number of people involved with Million Youth Media and step up its work with the Mama Youth initiative.

The grant is funded from a $5m (3.5m) fund that Netflix set up last year to support black creators.

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