BBC to spend £2.1million of licence fee money fast-tracking ethnic minority talent onto the screen…but first they’re setting up a ‘diversity’ committee
BBC plans to spend licence fee cash on new ‘diversity creative talent fund’
Director-general said it had ‘to do more’ to increase minority representation
Tony Hall said ethnic minorities should account for 15 per cent of on-air talent in the next three years
By EMMA GLANFIELD
20 June 2014
The BBC plans to spend £2.1million of licence fee money on fast-tracking ethnic minority talent onto the screen with a new ‘diversity’ committee.
Director-general Tony Hall said the corporation had ‘to do more’ to increase ethnic minority representation both on and off camera.
He said the ‘diversity creative talent fund’ would help ‘fast-track’ certain shows onto the screen and create a series of development programmes aimed at encouraging future commissioners and executives from ethnic minority backgrounds.
The director-general said he wanted to see ethnic minorities account for 15% of air talent in the next three years and said he would also set ‘local targets’ in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leicester to reflect the population of those cities.
He also said he wanted those from ethnic minority backgrounds to account for 15% of senior staff by 2020.
He said: ‘I want a new talent led approach that will help set the pace in the media industry.
‘I believe in this and want our record to be beyond reproach.
‘That won’t be achieved overnight, but the package of measures I’ve put in place, alongside the support we’ll get from leading experts, will make a tangible difference.’
Actor Lenny Henry, who has criticised the TV and film industry in the past for not providing a ‘fair and honest reflection of our society’, has signed up to the committee to help advise the corporation on its representation of ethnic minorities.
The star joins other names including Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, former footballer Jason Roberts and TV presenter and Liberal Democrat peer Floella Benjamin.
The BBC said they would ‘advise and support the BBC on diversity'[?].
Patria will put an end to the Establishment’s institutionalized discrimination against the English and in favour of so-called ethnic minorities in the field of employment, training and promotion. We shall restore real equality to the BBC, for example, by abolishing quotas and ensuring that all appointments are made on merit as the sole criterion for selection.
Even in their own terms the Director-general’s proposals are unjustifiable, since we English are already an ethnic minority in London and several other towns and cities of our country and are certainly one world-wide.
This being so, one has to ask the question “Why then, if the Director-general is concerned to achieve ‘equality’, does the BBC not produce a plan to increase the representation of Englishmen within the organization, both on and off camera, in order that our representation within the BBC at every level more closely matches our representation within the population of England as a whole?”
For the avoidance of doubt when I refer to Englishmen I mean Englishmen by blood and ancestry, rather than by some specious administrative fiat such as the issue of a British passport or mere residence in England.
Fellow patriots may well decide, as I have, to stop watching television and to stop paying the licence fee, in protest at the Anglophobic BBC’s anti-English orientation.