The Maxine regularly hosts events and conferences in the UK and internationally.
Respect at Work - the way forward
27 June 2013 BH Radio theatre
Chair - Maxine Mawhinney
This was a cross-industry response to tackling bullying in the media.
The conference was a chance to look at how the media and creative sector can tackle bullying and the inappropriate use of power.
It was prompted in the wake of events last October when ITV broadcast a programme called Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile.
The documentary contained testimony from 10 women who said they’d been sexually assaulted by Savile during the 1960s and 70s. In the weeks that followed, over 400 people came forward to say that they too had been abused by him – in hospitals, in approved schools…and on BBC premises.
One of the consequences of the crisis that followed was the commissioning of a report by the BBC called Respect at Work, which looked at sexual harassment, bullying and the inappropriate use of power within the corporation. And the many people who took part in the consultation said these issues weren’t just a problem for the BBC – they were industry wide.
The director of BBC People, Lucy Adams gave a short presentation on the report followed by a panel discussion with:
Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television
Liz Warner, founder of the independent tv company Betty
Tony Moorey, content manager for Absolute Radio
John Noel, founder of the John Noel Management Agency, and his clients include Russell Brand, Mariella Frostrup and Dermot O’Leary
Dr Eliat Aram, chief executive of the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations, an organisation that helps companies and public sector bodies adapt to change and understand the dynamics of organisations.
We then had questions to the panel from the floor
I thought one of the most relevant came from a journalist in the audience who asked if there is a bully in the workplace is it management’s fault?
Danny Cohen replied “Yes”.