Channel 4 build on Black to Front Project with new commissions

Channel 4 updates commissioning guidelines following report into media diversity.

Channel 4 has kept its commitment to its historic Black to Front Project by announcing new programme commissions.

Zeze Millz and Yinka Bokinni will return with Unapologetic, a 6-part late night topical talk show, while in Crazy Rich… Eddie Kadi will act as a tour guide to show a famous comedian friend a side of Ghana that is rarely seen.

The news follows the announcement last month that The Big Breakfast will be returning for a summer stint with AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan (pictured). The iconic breakfast show was one of the key programmes when Channel 4 launched its Black to Front project in September.

The Defenders – following the day to day lives of a team of barristers – and Billionaires’ Paradise – a look at the luxury lifestyles of residents, expats, and visitors on some of the Caribbean’s most exclusive islands – have also been commissioned as part of project.

“The Black to Front Project was always about trying to create sustained change in the industry rather than just one day of striking content. – Ian Katz, Chief Content Officer, Channel 4

Channel 4 has been working closely with the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity, which was published today.

The corporation has updated its commissioning guidelines which will see ethnically diverse senior leadership on all Channel 4 production teams as well as detailed targets for regional representation and production spend for ethnically diverse off screen talent to help ensure real impact across the spectrum of roles in production teams.

Channel 4 was the first broadcaster to ringfence spend for ethnically diverse-led indies, pledging to triple content spend to £22 million by the end of 2023.

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