On Thursday, 3 November, Affinity hosted Michele Fonseca, Head Strategy and Staff Development at ABC News for another interesting and popular luncheon.
Michele’s topic was the ‘The ABC of Diversity’ and she spoke about some statistics that reflect the diversity on our screens, challenges in improving it, what the ABC has been doing in this area, and lessons for others to take on board.
Although it is a challenging landscape, Michele talked about the importance of addressing the diversity issue so that our televisions can reflect our communities and the changing Australian society. More importantly, Michele showed with solid examples that when it is made a priority, diversity can be improved and in very practical ways.
Jim Longley, Deputy Secretary of Ageing Disability and Home Care, NSW Department of Family and Community Services, facilitated the event.
Given it is such a hot topic, there were many curious questions from the audience, and Michele answered all thoughtfully and insightfully.
Michele received a small gift of appreciation from Karl Hartleb, Consul-General to Austria in Sydney on behalf of Affinity. Jim received his from David Bennett AC QC.
Of course, and as usual, the conversation continued well after the official close of the program as guests mingled and helped themselves to second lunch.