ABC has copped some criticism for an Upfronts slate yesterday that was apparently lacking diversity.
On social media even ex-Foreign Correspondent reporter Sophie McNeill drew attention to an image that was circulating. That has since led to media reports on the issue.
Overlooking the point that even this image includes gay and senior presenters (diversity is not just race based), ABC’s social team did not assemble this grid as it appeared.
They tweeted them as individual shows with the hashtag #ABCyours.
They also tweeted plenty of other shows with racial diversity in drama, entertainment, doco, childrens and news. Somehow the commentary has largely overlooked this.
Of course, when Michell Guthrie was managing director (for 15 minutes), she did acknowledge ABC needed to do more work on diversity on some of its flagship shows.
Yesterday ABC itself reiterated that in a fairly restrained response.
As TV Tonight reported yesterday there were a string of shows yesterday which did indeed highlight racial diversity anyway….
Here’s a snapshot of photos ABC supplied ahead of Upfronts.