The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Mobility is holding the final evidence session of its inquiry into access into leading professions, looking at the media and entertainment sectors, hearing from actor Michael Sheen and former Chair of Arts Council and Chair of ITV Sir Peter Bazalgette, among others.The event will take place on:
- Monday 24th October 2016; 19.00 – 21.00
- Jubilee Room, House of Commons (Cromwell Green entrance) See here for directions.
Over the course of the evening we will hear from:
- Michael Sheen, Emmy and BAFTA-winning actor
- Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council and Chair of ITV
- Stuart Worden, Head of the Brit School whose alumni include Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J and The Feeling
- Andy Cairns, Executive Editor of Sky Sports News
- Joanne Butcher, Chief executive of National Council for the Training of Journalists
- Megan Bramall, BBC Breakfast and Journalism Diversity Fund graduate
- Helena Carter, ITV News/ITN presenter and reporter
The session follows the report earlier this year from the Sutton Trust, the secretariat of the APPG on Social Mobility, which found that 42 per cent of British Bafta winners went to an independent school, as well as 67 per cent of British Oscar winners, while 19 per cent of winners at Brit Awards were privately educated. In journalism, about half (51%) of the country’s leading journalists were educated privately according to the Sutton Trust. This evidence session will ask why this is so and what is being done about it.