Last year Channel 4 had an idea, a day of programmes fronted by Black people and made by them as well. From new commissions to special editions of the Big Breakfast to Channel 4 News Black to Front was hailed by many as a ground-breaking success in delivering diversity on and off screen.  Why did Channel 4 feel the need to do this, why was it a success, what has been its legacy for on and off screen talent and, importantly, what comes next?

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About The Speakers

Naomi Sesay

Naomi is a passionate advocate for better representation, both in front of and behind the camera. Naomi also has been an extensive keynote speaker with a range of industries covering film, Government and other public organisations as well as publishing and advertising companies. Additionally, Naomi worked with APS Intelligence, an Inclusive Leadership organisation, as a Senior Lead Trainer in Race Fluency and Inclusive Leadership training for the top FTSE 100 Companies  With her breadth of experience she continues to lead our industry in delivering an output which is more reflective of the audiences we serve and continues this important work at Channel 4.

Narinder Minhas

Narinder Minhas, CEO of Cardiff Productions, is an award-winning executive producer and creative leader, with a strong track-record of delivering editorially bold and visually distinct content, including documentaries like Tan France: Beauty and the Bleach, Peter: The Human Cyborg and The Private Life of Harley Street; specialist factual programmes such as The Massacre That Shook The Empire and Prince Charles: The Bachelor Years; formats like Priest Idol and We Are Black and British; arts shows such as The Real Michael Caine and Soul Nation; dramas like BBC2’s The Slavery Business; and innovative digital projects like Narinder is also an honorary research fellow at the University of Exeter.

Keme Nzerem

Keme Nzerem is one of the most recognisable faces on Channel 4 and ITV News. Washington – Moscow – Johannesburg – Rio – London – for the past two decades Keme has reported and presented from around the globe on wide ranging issues from corruption, politics, and human rights – to sport. His BAFTA nominated and RTS winning news coverage and short documentaries range from anchoring Channel 4 news for its’ innovative Black to Front day, and the war in Iraq, to the election of Barack Obama, Hurricane Katrina, and the Grenfell fire. Keme’s an experienced host and conference chair, and a trustee for two non profits: Football Beyond Borders (a national education charity working with disengaged youth), and the Ethical Journalism Network.

Emma Hardy

Emma spent more than 20 years as Director of Talent and Managing Director at Princess Productions, where she helped to launch the TV careers of high-profile talent including Dermot O’Leary and Mel & Sue. During Emma’s time at Princess, she was involved in a raft of formats across genres including The Sunday Night Project, The Wright Stuff and Sunday Brunch.


Katya Des-Etages

Katya Des-Etages is a Research Executive at Channel 4, she has worked across research which measured the audience and industry level impact of Black To Front as well as working on Channel 4’s award winning research Mirror On The Industry, a deep dive into the levels of representation of minority groups in TV advertising and the steps that can be taken to improve representation and portrayal. Katya has an academic background in Psychology and Anthropology, where she developed her passion for understanding the role media can play in shaping public perceptions of minority groups.