Leon Mann is the founder of the Black Collective of Media in Sport – BCOMS.

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No ethnic minorities, no women – BCOMS want greater diversity across the sports media

The network was set up in 2009 when like-minded sports media professionals came together to discuss concerns about the under-representation of black people in their industry, and made a commitment to work towards positive change.

Working across the full breadth of the media – in TV, radio, online and print – BCOMS members include award-winning journalists, producers, presenters, researchers, production managers and editors. BCOMS members work for the top names in sports media, including the BBC, Sky, ITV, Channel 4, major independents and on Fleet Street.

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Given the numbers of black sports people – why are there so few black sports journalists?

BCOMS believes that African and Caribbean’s are significantly under-represented in the sports media despite disproportionate interest in, and achievement from, the community in this area.

An independent group, BCOMS is committed to help engender a greater representation of black people in the field through innovative networking, campaigning and training programmes.

Through developing relationships with media organizations, educational establishments, existing trade bodies and key decision-makers, the group will promote its case for the benefits of increased diversity in the sports media and help offer the paths to achieving it.

BCOMS aims to be the first port of call both for black professionals in the sports media and talented newcomers looking to develop their careers.

 

To find out more about BCOMS click here – you can also follow the network on Twitter – @BCOMSTweet