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Cultural Diversity Awards Nominations Open

The Cultural Diversity Network (CDN) is inviting broadcasters, producers, directors and screenwriters to submit nominations for this year's CDN awards, celebrating creativity and diversity in the broadcasting industry.
This year, there are categories covering production and content that portrays the diversity of contemporary British society in an effortless and inclusive way, as well as categories that recognise outreach and employment initiatives with a diversity focus.
The categories are:
  • Company of the Year (open to indies only)
  • Community engagement award
  • CDN news award
  • Best breakthrough talent (across all genres)
  • Best nations and regions portrayal
  • Best comedy and entertainment programme
  • Best factual programme
  • The Radio Times drama award (voted for by readers of the Radio Times from a shortlist compiled by industry professionals)
  • Diversity innovation award
  • The CDN Fellowship award
Entries must be submitted by October 2 2011 and shortlists will then be drawn up by judging panels of key industry representatives and members of the CDN steering group. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Media City Studios in Salford on Tuesday, December 6.
Mark Thompson, BBC Director General and Chair of the CDN, said: "These awards are a celebration of the very best TV programmes that reflect contemporary British society and embrace diversity both on and off-screen.
"We're honoured to be taking the CDN awards to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays this year, recognising and celebrating not only the vibrancy and creativity of this new venture for the BBC and all its partners but also for the whole of the UK."
This year's event will also see the first ever CDN Fellowship award for an individual, company or organisation who has demonstrated a significant commitment to diversity, but does not have diversity as their core role. This award is voted for by members of the CDN steering group.
To enter, visit the CDN website at: and complete an entry form. There is no fee and the deadline for submissions is midnight on October 2 2011.

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