If there was one area where Granada did not have a good track record it was with ethnicity. During the 1970s and 1980s the company employed just a handful of black staff and most of these tended to be in the production areas rather than technical areas. Among production staff there was just one producer, one presenter, two researchers and a secretary with an ethnic background. One of those researchers Wallen Matthie became particularly active in trying to persuade the company to employ more individuals from ethnic backgrounds. In the early 1990s he successfully helped introduce a scheme aimed specifically at training up people from the ethnic communities with the prospect of full time employment.